It’s not just Iowa and New Hampshire. Nevada is also pushing back.
President Joe Biden wants South Carolina to be the first state in the Democrat primary over Iowa and New Hampshire.
But Democrat leaders, along with Republicans, in Iowa and New Hampshire:
More than 20 New Hampshire Democrat leaders urged Biden this year to alter his plan, which they warned could hurt their party’s performance in 2024, since they would be responsible for ending their state’s status as the first primary state. New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vowed to spike any possible plan to move his state’s primary.
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger acted in May to set the state’s primary for March 12 – a clear rebuttal of Biden’s calls to move that state’s primary up to February.
Iowa’s lawmakers have also attempted to undermine the president’s plan to delay their caucus. Democrats in the state proposed a compromise that would let the state hold its caucus first as usual, but then delay announcing vote results until May, but there is no final decision.
Nevada Republicans don’t want to change the calendar. New Hampshire’s state law says it has to be the first primary state. If things change, Michigan might have “to cut the state legislative session short.”
For some reason, South Carolina Rep. Clyburn, the #3 Democrat in the House, has such a hold on the party. He only supported Biden because he promised to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. He has to be behind this move.
In December, the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to make South Carolina the first primary state in 2024.
President Joe Biden told the Democrats he wanted South Carolina to be the first primary state to “ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process and throughout the entire early window.”DONATE
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