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Michigan Senate OKs changing presidential primary date

Associated Press

Lansing — Changing course from last week, Michigan’s Senate and House have approved a March 8 date for the 2016 presidential primary.

The Senate voted 37-1 to approve two bills Thursday after the majority Republicans in the House changed the legislation from a March 15 date.

House Elections Committee Chairwoman Lisa Posthumus Lyons says she was concerned a March 15 date might present a conflict with the date when rural residents appeal their property tax assessments with local review boards. Officials in some smaller townships had expressed logistical concerns.

The March 15 date was preferred in the original version of the legislation because it had been endorsed by the state Republican Party. It is the first date under Republican National Committee rules that a winner-take-all primary can be held.