Cal­i­for­nia seeks more sway by moving up pres­i­den­tial pri­mary

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SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Su­per Tues­day, the jam­packed day of pres­i­den­tial pri­mary vot­ing ev­ery four years, may get su­per­charged in 2020 with Cal­i­for­nia join­ing the pack, bring­ing along its prize of the most del­e­gates.

Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of ap­proval Wed­nes­day to a mea­sure jump­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s pri­mary up to the be­gin­ning of March, three months ear­lier than its con­test in 2016, when Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump had al­ready cap­tured the ma­jor par­ties’ nom­i­na­tions.

“The Golden State will no longer be rel­e­gated to last place in the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nat­ing process,” Demo­cratic Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla said. “Can­di­dates will not be able to ignore the largest, most di­verse state in the na­tion as they seek our coun­try’s high­est of­fice.

Bump­ing the pri­mary up is de­signed to give the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous state more sway in choos­ing the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic nom­i­nees.

And it could se­ri­ously shake up the nom­i­nat­ing con­test.

Cal­i­for­nia, home to 11 me­dia mar­kets, is an ex­pen­sive state to cam­paign in, po­ten­tially giv­ing well­funded can­di­dates an edge.

Demo­cratic lead­ers said the bill gives Cal­i­for­nia the spot­light it de­serves given its record of push­ing the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion around im­mi­gra­tion and other is­sues.

“With all due re­spect to our broth­ers and sis­ters in Iowa and New Hamp­shire, Cal­i­for­nia is the beat­ing heart of the na­tional re­sis­tance to Trump,” Eric Bau­man, chair­man of the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­cratic Party, said in a state­ment. “When it comes to de­cid­ing the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, our voices need to be heard early in the process.”

Iowa and New Hamp­shire will still have their early say.

The mea­sure puts the state’s pri­mary on the first Tues­day after the first Mon­day in March, of­ten known as “Su­per Tues­day,” when as many as a dozen states hold nom­i­nat­ing con­tests.

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