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Should the Federal Government control when States hold Presidential Primaries?

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  • Other Party
    Westland, MI
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    Today, States decide when to host their Presidential primaries. Each presidential election year, State presidential primaries have moved earlier and earlier. Why? Because the State that holds the first presidential primary gets the most attention. Also, theories suggest that people in other States that are "followers" instead of independent leaders, will be influenced by the results of the first primary and vote a certain way in their own State's presidential primary because of those results.
    States will likely continue competing over when to host their presidential primary. The earlier these primaries are held, the greater the impact on our country as a whole, because political parties will be more focused on getting their presidential candidate instead of doing their job in Congress and dealing with national issues.
    This is a national issue and affects the national economy, so shouldn't Congress control when these presidential primaries occur?
    In my opinion, yes and no.
    Presidential primaries should occur no earlier than March 1st, and primaries shouldn't occur all in one day, so how do you determine which State goes first? I think the State should be chosen randomly, and when that State is chosen, their taken out of the drawing for the next time a presidential primary determination to occur.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Progress you are exactly right but Iowa and New Hampshire will disagree. They think they are special and even talk of bumping them out of first place will get them agitated and defensive. Being first is all about the attention, yes, but it's the money that is more important to them. All the time spent in their states by the candidates and the hoards of media means lots of money spent and that's what it all comes down to.
  • Other Party
    Westland, MI
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    Yes, I definitely think that money comes with the attention that States are competing over. It's not fair to the rest of the country to have these primaries occur so early and by the same States over and over again.
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    Nebraska
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    Another factor is that both those states have a larger percentage of white population than the US as a whole. A poor showing in those two mostly white states can knock out many candidates. I agree that the primaries and caucuses should be rotated with all states having a shot.