Gov. Pritzker: Illinois, not Iowa, should be first presidential primary

Pritzker says Illinois is far more representative of the nation than Iowa or New Hampshire

Alex Degman
February 05, 2020 - 11:19 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) -- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has a pitch: make Illinois the first presidential primary in the nation.

"This state is a diverse state in so many ways, in ways Iowa and New Hampshire are not," Pritzker told reporters at an event where he announced a round of grants to expand broadband access in parts of Illinois.

"With so many different regions and so many different types of people from all over this state, if you can win in a state like this, you're worthy of being the nominee of your party."

Illinois' presidential primary is not until March 17.

Prtizker's comments come the same day Secretary of State Jesse White's office offered an update on problems with the state's automatic voter registration system, which allowed more than 500 people who claimed they were not American citizens to be registered. Of those, the office has so far determined 16 voted. 1 is a noncitizen, 9 are likely citizens given lengthy voting records, and 6 are still in question.

Is Illinois ready to host a first in the nation primary given such irregularities?

"We've been running elections for an awfully long time," Pritzker says. "We represent every aspect of the United States in Illinois, I think it's appropriate for us to put ourselves forward as first in the nation."

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