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Why California Leapfrogged the 2020 Primary Schedule

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In politics and in life, timing is everything.
And that’s especially true when voters head to the polls in 2020.
This cycle, California has made waves by moving up its primary date from June to March — on Super Tuesday.
California’s June date meant that it was in a group of states that voted next-to-last in presidential primaries, followed only by Washington, DC. Now, California will get a slice of early-state action.
“Historically we’ve been so late in the primary schedule that the nominees for president have been determined by the time Californians go to the polls,” California secretary of state Alex Padilla told CNN. “By moving that up, we hope to have a real say in determining the nominees for president of all parties.”
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