On politics in the Golden State
March 15, 2011 | 6:44 pm

California moved a step closer Tuesday to pushing its 2012 presidential primary back from February to June.

By a 7-0 vote, the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting passed a bill that would end the state’s attempts to boost its national influence by holding its presidential vote increasingly early. The legislation, by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), moves next to the Assembly floor.

Fong pitched his measure as a way to save tens of millions of dollars by having voters show up on a single day, June 5, 2012, as opposed to holding separate primaries for president and statewide office.

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