Arkansas House OKs Bill Moving Presidential Primary

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House of Representatives voted unanimously to return the state's presidential primary election to a May date.

Members approved the measure 96-0 with no discussion Thursday. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, said moving the primary back to May would save the state $1.7 million.

Four years ago, the Legislature voted to hold the state's presidential primary on the first Tuesday in February, while still holding primary contests for state races in May. But 20 other states followed suit, and Arkansas saw little attention during the 2008 Republican and Democratic primaries for president.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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