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California Democrats scrap December primary

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / July 20, 1983

Sacramento, Calif.

California Democrats bowed to national party criticism and dropped a plan to hold a presidential primary in December. Republican Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday had called a special election on Dec. 13 for voter approval or disapproval of a plan to draw new district lines for legislative districts. Democrats had threatened to retaliate with a Democratic presidential primary on the same date to attract party members to the polls to defeat the measure.

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But the plan was scrapped and the state Legislature appeared ready to end a stalemate that has left California without a budget for a record 19 days into the new fiscal year.