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Wis. presidential primary change on fast track

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bill moving Wisconsin’s presidential primary to April appears to be on the fast track after getting backing from both parties.

The proposal was made at the request of national Republican and Democratic parties, which want to avoid too many early primaries. The bill would move the presidential primary from the third Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in April. That means the presidential primary would be the same day as the spring nonpartisan general election.

Lawmakers have more concern over a bill moving the partisan primary from September to the second Tuesday in August. Representatives from municipal and county clerks feel that date is too late, while some lawmakers want it in late August.

GOP Sen. Mary Lazich says the committee will vote on both bills next week.

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