Primary calendar moves, could boost home-state Dems in 2020

Texas Rep. Beto O’rourke, and California Sen. Kamala Harris are both considered possible presidential candidates. And both in their home countries a greater role in the selection of the Democratic presidential candidate in the year 2020, thanks to their early slots on the primary calendar. (Associated Press)

He is a young, charismatic politicians who engage in recent times a ton of 2020 buzz.

But if outgoing Rep. Beto O ‘ Rourke from Texas, to run for the democratic presidential nomination, he might be something different for him – some of the home advantage in a delegate-rich state that votes early in the primary calendar.

To win almost 225 of the state’s Democratic delegates, if Texas and at least eight other States vote on 3. March 2020, which is currently called as this cycle’s Super Tuesday.


California, where 416 of the state’s Democratic delegates on primary day, also holds its contest on Super Tuesday. The Golden State is home to Sen. Kamala Harris, another potential democratic White house contenders.

“Who really does well and places high up, you will be a huge boost and a healthy chunk of delegates,” said Mo Elleithee, the founding Executive Director of the Georgetown University, Institute for politics and Public service and a Fox News contributor.

Both large States could have a greater role in the selection of the Democratic presidential candidate in the year 2020, thanks to their early slots on the primary calendar, as well as the early voting likely to be in progress, before States like New Hampshire and South Carolina your precious primaries even keep. And for those candidates who call Texas or California home and there are several – the calendar offers a clear advantage.

For California, it’s all about timing and location.

It catapulted its presidential primary, as of the end of 2016 primary calendar, in the vicinity of the peak for the year 2020 in the calendar, to ensure that the nation’s population, have comprehensive and diverse state, a much greater say in the choice of the Democratic y presidential primary.


The 2020 Super Tuesday will hold at the next possible time a state primary and is not in conflict of the Democratic National Committee rules, the allow only the traditional four early voting States of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to hold group meetings and primaries in February.


In California-what happened more than a year ago-has been moving relentlessly spotlighted in the media for the last six weeks, with the kick-off for the year 2020 in the cycle. Although there is since the incessant analysis of how the Golden State’s new primary position output States affect the four traditional early voting, what received less coverage is whether the move to give a leg up to a potential White house contender, California home.

In addition to Harris, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressman Eric Swalwell, and billionaire environmentalists and Trump charge leader Tom Steyer of California to call home. And in Texas, in addition to O ‘ Rourke-who lost narrowly to overturn his deal this year, Republican sen. Ted Cruz-the state is the home of former San Antonio mayor and health and Human Services Secretary Julian Castro, formed recently launched a presidential exploratory committee.

“For some of the better-known candidates from some of these States, it is a good way to possibly some of the early delegates in the bank, but what is really interesting, what are the applicants who do not from those States,” said Elleithee, a senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, which later served as the communications director for the Democratic National Committee.

He added that California and Texas in the vicinity of the beginning of the primary calendar, “it changes the entire dynamic,” not only for the home-state candidates, but “for all the others as well.”

But there is also a disadvantage.

“There actually could be a lot of danger for some of the home-state candidates,” Elleithee said. “If these candidates come from these States, not incredibly well, if they haue received from some of the better-known candidate with a larger national profile, their home States, actually in the end could injure your prospects in the long term, could at the end of their campaigns.”

There are many examples of favorite sons to defeat down.

Last cycle, Republican sen. Marco Rubio lost in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. And most of the famous Jerry Brown was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992 in the California primary.


The potential of California and Texas, candidates are not allowed to benefit is the only candidate with some Super-Tuesday home.

Massachusetts and Vermont – the home of likely White house hopefuls Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – also primaries hold on 3. March 2020. But the delegates to the game in these States – 116 in Massachusetts, and only 26 in Vermont – win pale in comparison to the treasure of the delegates in California and Texas.


While in California, will move no doubt the democratic candidate will give the state to help more weight, to determine, it also might be the candidate with the bigger names and bigger campaign war chest, which would be able to have the money required to compete in large States with multiple and expensive media markets benefit

And it could lead to some candidates more time in California and Texas and less in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, which are smaller, less expensive, and require presidential candidates to practice the art of retail politics.

But longtime New Hampshire Democratic party Chairman Ray Buckley warned that the non-observance of the early voting States and can be life-threatening.

“I think that it’s really a difficult road for you. If you do not do well in Iowa, if you do well in New Hampshire or Nevada or South Carolina, then you might be able to see their home state in the direction of the South. And that is never good, if you do well in your own home state,” Buckley emphasized.

Buckley spotlighted numerous times in presidential primary history, where a candidate who came out on a later primary, at the cost of the early voting States. The most recent glaring example of Rudy Giuliani in the year 2008.

Buckley told Fox News that large States such as California and Texas vote in early March, “not only emphasizes the importance of the early States.”

“When I think of a big, crowded area such as this, that the investment in the first States will be critically important,” he added.

Elleithee – note on the possibility of more than 20 Democrats running for President and party rules, allowed to collect candidate of the winning delegates, but only 15% of the vote in a primary or caucus – argues that the coming calendar could allow, several top riders.

“If you have a field that is really wide open, as is, unless someone runs the table early, we were four different winners in the four early voting States, with different leaders in California and Texas,” he predicted.

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