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Senate OKs Presidential Primary Move (Mar 01, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Senate has approved a measure that moves the date of Oklahoma's presidential primary election from February to March.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the bill, which now heads to the House.

Sen. David Holt, who wrote the bill, says failing to pass it would lead to Oklahoma being excluded from the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions.

The bill moves the presidential primary election date from the first Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March.

Lawmakers in 2003 moved the date from March to February in an attempt bring more candidates to Oklahoma, but since then several other states have followed suit.

As a result, Holt says both national parties agreed only Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina would hold primaries in February.

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