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Analyst: Primary move would cost delegates, up influence

Moving Arizona's primary to early January from late February could cost the state a number of delegates at national conventions, but Arizona would have far more influence by being first, a political analyst said.

"A handful of delegates difference won't likely amount to a hill of beans," said Mike O'Neil. "Being first and having that impact the process? That's much bigger. Witness Iowa. That's why Iowa protects it."

Last year, Gov. Jan Brewer briefly considered moving Arizona's primary to Jan. 31.

State Republican Rep. Phis Lovas will push for legislation that would move Arizona's presidential primary up to the same time as the Iowa Caucus, which is the first event in the year leading up the a presidential election.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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