- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A newly introduced bill seeks to increase Idaho’s profile in the 2016 presidential primary by moving up the election date.

House Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder says changing the primary date from May to the second week in March would make Idaho more competitive in the presidential race.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to introduce the bill Friday.

However, Winder says the $2 million price tag the Secretary of State’s office estimates the change would cost may make it difficult to pass in the Idaho Statehouse.

States often vie for the limelight during presidential primaries, attempting to pre-empt the early states and to collect more campaign spending that comes with having an early primary voting date.

It’s not unusual for presidential nominations to be determined before May.

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