Golden State political leaders have moved their presidential primary from early in the election cycle to late during the immediate past presidential elections, trying to find the best strategic voting niche for what is always the nation’s largest delegation to both national conventions. In 2016, California went back to its traditional June primary, hoping to be the deciding factor for both parties. To a degree, their plan worked because they did attract major campaigning in the state but it was already evident that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would win their respective nominations before voters in the nation’s most populous place had their say. Now, it looks like the state may return to a March primary in the 2020 election. The California legislature is expected to consider a bill next week that will again move the primary to an early voting slot.
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