The AP is reporting that Gov. Schwarzenegger has officially moved our California presidential primary election up FOUR MONTNS, to February 5, 2008. This move puts the largest voting pool in the country in a vastly more influential position than elections cycles of the past.
Following is an excerpt from the AP report:
“Now California is important again in presidential nominating politics … and we will get the respect that California deserves,” Schwarzenegger said during a bill-signing ceremony.California has not played a prominent role in a presidential primary since 1972, when George McGovern beat Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nomination. Schwarzenegger is hoping that by moving the presidential primary from June to early February, the state will again play a significant role.
But California’s bid for more clout has pressured other states to move up their contests, as well. That may diminish California’s influence by turning the day into a national primary, with contests held in as many as 19 states.
Still, the prospect of an early primary has prompted presidential candidates from both parties to add California to their itinerary that also includes the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
California is now on the political map. Certainly, that is by Senator Obama has decided to visit Oakland, CA this Saturday, March 17, 2007. If you wish to attend the first of what will be many major political events in the Bay Area, start by reviewing my post from Monday for details and a link to get tickets to the event.