Bills to change the date of Michigan’s presidential primary are on their way to the governor’s desk.
The Michigan Legislature Thursday gave final approval to a measure that would move the state’s presidential primary election to March 8th. Currently its set for February 23rd.
Republican supporters say the change could make Michigan more prominent in presidential elections because it will be able to have all 60 delegates instead of 12, due to penalties for violating Republican National Committee rules. They say with 60 delegates, it makes Michigan more relevant.
Some Democrats, who will use the caucus system for nominations next year, say that because the primary is set for a date that’s not on Michigan’s regular election schedule, the Republican Party should pick up the $10 million tab.