Puerto Rico Moves Up Primary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Democratic Party has approved Puerto Rico's proposal to scrap its caucus and hold a presidential primary on June 1st.

Puerto Rico's Democratic chairman says a primary will give more voters a chance to take part in the nominating process. He says caucuses were fine in previous years, when the party nominee was already settled and the only task was to choose delegates to attend the party's national convention. He says this time it's different, and that supporters of both Democratic candidates support holding a primary.

Puerto Rico's original plan called for selecting delegates at caucuses June 7th. However, after the Democratic National Committee approved the plan in December, it was discovered that the date was a typo and should have read June 1.

The new date means that Montana and South Dakota will hold the party's last nominating contests, on June 3.

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