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House passes bill to keep primary on Fat Tuesday

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama House on Thursday passed a bill that will allow
Alabama's early presidential primary to remain on Feb. 5, 2008, but let residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties to vote almost a week early to avoid conflict with the Mardi Gras holiday.

The Legislature voted last year to move the state's presidential preference primary from June to Feb. 5 to make the state more of a player in the selection of the Republican and Democratic candidates for president. But the change created a conflict since Feb. 5, 2008, is also Fat Tuesday, the final day of Mardi Gras and a state holiday in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

The bill to make provisions for Mardi Gras passed the House on a 90-7 vote after Rep. Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, fought off several amendments that would have changed the date away from Feb. 5.

The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.

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