Washington joins the push toward earlier presidential primaries.

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The state Legislature has passed a bill to switch Washington’s presidential primary from May to March. The hope is that an earlier primary will give state voters a more prominent voice in the selection of nominees, but many other states are thinking and doing the same thing.

The effect may be to simply create a campaign crunch that leaves an even larger time gap between the climax of the primary process and the general election in November.

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