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.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug 22 (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his progressive populism to deeply Republican South Carolina, and made a pitch to connect with the black voters that provide most of the Democratic support in the early primary state.
Bernie Sanders took his message of income inequality to black Baptist churches in North Charleston, South Carolina, today, in an attempt appeal directly to minority voters in the state.
Sanders, the only Jewish candidate in the 2016 presidential race, bowed his head and prayed, and occasionally tapped his foot and clapped to the gospel music, before addressing the congregations.
“My name is Bernie Sanders. I am a United States senator from the state of Vermont,” he began at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. “I am running for president of the United States, because I believe that in our great country we can do a lot better for working people and poor people than we are currently doing.
"I want to see the United States as a country that does not have more people in jail but has the best educated population on earth,” he said.