OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers are considering the suspension of the statewide presidential primary in 2012 to save $10 million, opting for instead for party caucuses.
But at a hearing Wednesday, the state's Democratic party said that they are considering moving away from the caucus system and asked lawmakers to delay a decision on the presidential primary until later this year.
The proposal to suspend the presidential primary is part of Gov. Chris Gregoire's attempt to cut the state's spending. The state faces a projected deficit of $5 billion in the next two-year budget.
A statewide presidential primary had been established in 1989 after voters approved an initiative, but the state's political parties, especially the Democrats, have largely ignore it, preferring to choose their candidates in caucuses of the party faithful.