California Shakes Up 2020 Primary Contests

State will now vote on Super Tuesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 28, 2017 12:09 AM CDT
California Will Be Part of 'Super Tuesday' in 2020
In this June 5, 2012, photo, a voter marks her ballot while voting in the California primary in Sacramento.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

Super Tuesday, the jam-packed 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 pushing 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," says Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "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. "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," said Eric Bauman, chairman of the California Democratic Party, per the AP. "When it comes to deciding the Democratic nominee, our voices need to be heard early in the process." The measure puts the state's primary on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. It will still fall after the earliest contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. (More California stories.)

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