California is moving the primary election for the 2020 Presidential election race up with other early states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The basic reason is to get more of the campaigning money that is spent in other states but not California because the lateness of the primary. Officials estimate that a candidate will need to spend 5 million dollars to navigate the complex campaigning process in California. The nation’s biggest and second-most-diverse state has long complained about being effectively shut out of the presidential nominating process because its primary usually comes months after the initial four contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill moving the state’s primary up to the earliest date permissible.
California is slated to vote on March 3, the first day allowed for a state that’s not in the traditional early state lineup. And because of California’s early-voting system, voters will get primary ballots starting 30 days before the primary, which coincides with the Iowa caucuses.