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Schneider: Votes, contributors make California a key player in 2008

California's role in the 2008 presidential contest has changed now that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation moving the state's primary to February 5.

LOS ANGELES California (CNN) -- In past elections, presidential candidates flocked to the Golden State for the fuel that runs their campaigns: cold cash. Republican and Democratic presidential candidates were not concerned about California voters because the state's presidential primary was held long after the nominees were chosen.

But California's role in the 2008 presidential contest has changed now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation moving the state's primary to February 5. As many as 25 states have either scheduled or have discussed moving their primary to the first Tuesday in February. Democrats and Republicans alike have taken notice.

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