Democrats have learned nothing from the 2016 election. Their own voters felt the primary process was rigged to favor Hillary Clinton, and it was. Now, Democrats in California are plotting to change the date of their primary in an obvious effort to favor California Senator Kamala Harris.
How California could jolt the 2020 presidential race
California is pushing forward with a plan to change the state’s primary date from June to March, a move that could scramble the 2020 presidential nominating contest and swing the early weight of the campaign to the West.
If adopted by the legislature this week — as is widely expected — and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the early primary would allocate California’s massive haul of delegates just after the nation’s first contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
The earlier primary could benefit at least two potential presidential contenders from California — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — while jeopardizing the prospects of other candidates who will struggle to raise enough early money to compete in expensive media markets in the nation’s most populous state.
“In all probability, the winner of the California primary would be the nominee,” said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman from South Carolina.
There could be over 20 Democrat nominees in 2020. How is this move fair to the rest of them?
After the 2016 Democratic Primary, there was lots of talk about making future Democratic primaries more fair and open. It was just talk, apparently. The party’s base voters aren’t going to like this one bit.