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These Are the 4 States Moving from Caucus to Primary Systems (And Who It Could Help)

Next year’s Democratic primary is changing all the rules, from moving California and Texas earlier in the calendar to changing how people vote.

By NTK Staff | 01.03.2019 @12:00pm
These Are the 4 States Moving from Caucus to Primary Systems (And Who It Could Help)

Democrats are shaking up the presidential primary process even more, according to a report from Politico. Last year, Democrats announced that big states like California and Texas will likely move up their primary dates to early March. With early voting, California will have voters heading to the polls the same day as the Iowa caucuses.

And that’s another change – at least four states are switching from a caucus system to primaries. In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won “12 of the 18 states and territories that caucused in 2016.” But in primary states, Sanders only won 11 of 39 primaries against Hillary Clinton.

So which states are switching systems?

In 2020, four of the caucus states that Sanders won — Nebraska, Idaho, Minnesota, and Colorado — will use primaries to determine how many pledged delegates were allocated to each Democratic candidates.

More could soon follow. Utah has a new law on the books permitting political parties to use presidential primaries, and an official in the state Democratic Party said it expects to opt in. Maine passed a bill in 2016 to establish a presidential primary, but a top state Democrat said it sunsetted and was not immediately funded.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) argued that this could only help potential candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D-NY), who he deemed as more mainstream. Alternatively, he argued it could hurt Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), as well as Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

The reasons for the change include cost (caucuses are more expensive to run than primaries), primaries will allow for more people to vote, and they argue that caucuses produced long lines and frustrated voters in 2016.

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