California Votes To Move Presidential Primary

Sep 18, 2017

California’s legislature passed a bill that would move the state’s primary to March. This would align the state’s primary with Super Tuesday when many states hold presidential primaries. In 2008, California moved its presidential primary to March for one year so that it would have more say in which presidential candidate was chosen. The primary was returned to June in 2011. The earlier experiment did not have the desired effect of “generating presidential interest.” The new legislation would move all of California’s primaries to March to avoid having a presidential primary in March and state primaries in June. By consolidating the primaries, it resolves one of Governor Brown’s concerns about cost. It’s expected but not guaranteed that more liberal candidates would do well in California and have a better shot at the nomination. In 2008 Hillary Clinton won California, but Obama went on to win the nomination.