California Dems Voting To Make Sure Poor Candidates Can’t Compete For Presidential Nomination

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California plans on changing the state’s election primary date from June to March, which will likely add pressure to those planning on running in the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign the law. The early primary would put California’s massive haul of delegates up for grabs after the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The law would help well-known Democrats in the state but hurt those without proper funding early in the race.

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti could be among the candidates who would benefit from the law. However, some potential candidates would have trouble raising enough money to compete in the most populated state in the U.S.

“In all probability, the winner of the California primary would be the nominee,” Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman from South Carolina told Politico. “A lot of this rationale this far in advance just is completely wrong.”

After Fowler called the rationale behind the law “completely wrong” he said that the conclusion of moving the primary to an earlier date is very significant in moving the state of California to victory for the DNC.

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