Tennessee Dems push to move up presidential primary ahead of NH, Iowa

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A new bill in Tennessee would make the state the first to hold a presidential primary.

Democratic state lawmakers touted the need for the change Tuesday.

They argue that the Volunteer State has a more diverse voter base than Iowa and New Hampshire - the first two states to kick off the presidential primary season every four years.

According to the legislation, Tennessee's primary would become the first in the nation, moving from March 3 to Jan. 2.

It's unclear how far it will get in the Republican-dominated legislature, however. 

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