Saturday, February 8, 2020

California has moved up its primary to Super Tuesday at exactly the wrong time



Once again it looks like California has moved up its primary to Super Tuesday at exactly the wrong time. We did this in 2008, and ended up being an afterthought. It could be even worse for California Democrats in 2020, because it looks like a long slog to the Democratic nomination in July, and California will not be able to play its once traditional clean-up role.

Even worse, California could very well make the Iowa caucuses look like the model of efficiency. Because of our extremely liberal voting laws, it will take all of March to count the final ballots, and until that is done, no one will be able to figure out exactly who gets the California national convention delegates. California’s Democratic delegate rules are all but incomprehensible, and with incomplete returns, there will be no way to figure out who the ultimate winners are.