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Dem Calendar Chaos: Early Voting in California Will Likely Begin on Iowa Caucus Day

Democrats are rearranging the primary calendar for 2020. Suddenly, visiting states like California and Texas will be just as important as Iowa and New Hampshire.

By NTK Staff | 12.05.2018 @4:00pm
Dem Calendar Chaos: Early Voting in California Will Likely Begin on Iowa Caucus Day

Eager to diversify the states and voters who have an early influence on the presidential primary process, Democrats are rearranging the primary calendar to effectively reduce the impact of voters in states like Iowa and New Hampshire and amplify those in California and Texas.

Democrats are not moving the California and Texas primaries ahead of Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, but with early voting, registered voters in those states will be able to cast their ballots on the same day as the Iowa caucus.

While the 2020 calendar is still in flux, strategists are expecting states like California to begin the early voting process the morning of the Iowa caucus, further changing the primary dynamic.

That could lead candidates to fly from Iowa or New Hampshire to Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia or North Carolina, which will also have contests on March 3.

Candidates fighting for a strong finish in the Nevada caucuses may also be tempted to head to California early.

In addition to the added strain of focuses on more and larger states early in the primary process, the costs of running these operations will likely skyrocket. Flying across the country to regularly touch base with voters in a series of states located all across the country will sharply increase costs, not to mention hiring staff in each state, office space, and a headquarters team to manage it all. Advertising in California alone is a seven-figure proposition.

Beneficiaries to the new calendar could be Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), two potential candidates who would boast a home field advantage in two of the newly prioritized states.

But all of this is not to say that Iowa and New Hampshire will no longer be important.

“Whoever wins the Iowa caucuses will make headlines,” one political science professor told The Hill. “They’re going to get a lot of free publicity and momentum.”

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