On politics in the Golden State
July 29, 2011 | 3:55 pm

California’s next presidential primary will be one of the last in the nation thanks to a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Historically, the California primary has been held in late spring, toward the end of the nominating process and long after the presidential primary fights have been settled.

State lawmakers moved the primary to February before the 2008 presidential contest in hopes that the most populous state in the nation would play a pivotal role in deciding the next major party presidential nominees.

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