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Wyman pushing for earlier Washington presidential primary

In this May 4, 2016 file photo, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman poses for a photo at the Capitol in Olympia. Wyman said Tuesday she is seeking the earlier presidential primary date so the state can be more relevant in helping choose presidential nominees. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
In this May 4, 2016 file photo, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman poses for a photo at the Capitol in Olympia. Wyman said Tuesday she is seeking the earlier presidential primary date so the state can be more relevant in helping choose presidential nominees. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – Secretary of State Kim Wyman is again asking lawmakers to move Washington’s presidential primary from May to March.

Wyman said Tuesday she is seeking the earlier date so the state can be more relevant in helping choose presidential nominees.

Washington’s presidential primary is currently held the fourth Tuesday in May. Wyman wants it moved to the second Tuesday in March.

Currently, Washington has both a presidential primary and a caucus system, but Democrats ignore the primary and use only the caucus system to allocate their delegates to candidates at the national convention.

Wyman is seeking the date change as part of a package of requested bills which includes allowing unaffiliated voters to cast a vote in the presidential primary.

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