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Rendell aide pushes for early primary

| Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A top official in Gov. Ed Rendell's administration has urged the Legislature to consider establishing an earlier primary in Pennsylvania for the 2008 presidential race.

“Pennsylvanians deserve a voice in selecting presidential candidates,” Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortes today told a joint hearing of the Senate Republican and Democratic policy committees in Harrisburg.

One proposal is to move the state's presidential primary -- now held on the fourth Tuesday of April in presidential election years – to the first Tuesday in March. The change presumably would give Pennsylvania voters more clout in the nominating process. Due to the state's April primary, Pennsylvania has not played a pivotal role in the selection of a presidential nominee since 1976, Cortes said.

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