The Golden State's Bid For Electoral Primacy

California politicians are planning to move up their state's primary date from June to March in an attempt to muscle in on the kingmaking power Iowa and New Hampshire enjoy during presidential-election years. An early-bird contest would be likely to force Democratic candidates to give short shrift to the two smaller states so contenders could focus on California's wide-ranging constituencies and demonstrate national appeal. Willie Brown, Democratic speaker of the California assembly, hopes to schedule the primary on the first Tuesday in March, which would position it just a week before the "Super Tuesday" group of Southern primaries.

Brown disputes the...

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