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House again votes against moving up date of Arizona primary

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The Arizona House has for the second time voted down a proposal to move the state’s primary elections from the fourth Tuesday in August to the second Tuesday in July.

Wednesday evening’s 29-30 vote came despite pleas from sponsor Republican Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge for support. It takes 31 votes for a House bill to pass.

Shope promised Monday to amend the bill in the Senate to make the date in early August but it failed then as well.

Members from both parties called the July date too early, considering lawmakers can’t really campaign during legislative sessions that have been known to last through July 1.

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