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Fate of early 2024 MI presidential primary date remains open

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A bill before the Legislature seeks to give Michigan more clout in choosing presidential candidates. But the deadline to approve it is fast approaching

The bill to host an early February 27th primary next year would have to clear the Legislature this week to comply with a Democratic National Committee deadline. The problem is the Republican National Committee has its own rules that would penalize Michigan Republicans for holding an early primary.

Democratic Senator Jeremy Moss is the bill sponsor. He says the competing rules pose a quandary.

“But I think, by and large, every Michigan voter, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, sees the value of having Michigan go early in the process.”

Democrats can adopt the bill with a simple majority in the House where the bill sits at the moment. But it would require Republican votes to reach super-majorities needed for the bill to take effect in time.

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