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Changes in Washington State's Presidential Primary?

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OLYMPIA, Wash--A move to eliminate funding for Washington state's presidential primary election appears to be dead, and now there's talk of moving it up to Super Tuesday. The state's top elections official, Secretary of State Sam Reed, says he will propose today that the date be changed from May 27th to February fifth. Holding the primary on February fifth next year would add Washington to nearly two dozen states with primaries or caucuses that day. Reed's proposal followed a vote yesterday by the state House Appropriations Committee to restore funding for the primary. Democratic Representative Sam Hunt of Olympia wanted to eliminate it to save nearly ten million dollars. Hunt says the major political parties either ignore the election oruse the results only partially in selection national convention delegates.

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