On a party line vote, Assembly Democrats have approved the bill moving California’s primary. And it’s a popular move to make… Governor Schwarzenegger supports the idea and at least a dozen other states have expressed interest in an earlier primary, to encourage candidates to come and campaign. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez says California will still be in the best position to attract attention.
“Whether there’s five states in that Superbowl or whether’s twenty states in that Superbowl Tuesday, February fifth we will be a big fish in that pond…”
The legislative primary would still be in June-- and Republicans raised concerns about the costs to counties of an additional election. Among them GOP Assemblyman Anthony Adams:
“And the cost estimates of the Presidential primary are expected between sixty and ninety million dollars. Most of that extra burden will fall on the counties
Some say a measure to lengthen state lawmakers’ terms in each house could also end up on that ballot. But Nunez says the new primary date is not motivated by self interest.