WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats voted Friday to remove Iowa as a leadoff state on the presidential nomination calendar and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024. To better reflect the party’s highly diverse voters.
Democratic National Committee rulemaking arm moves to strip Iowa From a position it held for 50 years after a technical meltdown caused chaos And tarnished the outcome of the state’s 2020 caucuses.Changes also come after long press Especially given the importance of black voters as the Democratic Party’s most loyal electoral base, some of the party’s top leaders want to start electing presidents in states with fewer whites.
Discussions about prioritizing diversity provoked a very enthusiastic response at a committee meeting in Washington, with DNC chairman Jaime Harrison wiping away tears, committee member Donna Brazil saying that Democrats were black. He suggested years of unsuccessful attempts to fight for voters. A dirt road? Do you know what it feels like to find clean running water?”
“You know what it’s like to wait to see if your roof is still intact when the storm is about to pass you?” asked the Brazilian. “That’s what this is about.”
The commission approved the postponement of the South Carolina primary to Feb. 3 and the votes in Nevada and New Hampshire three days later. Georgia was due next week and Michigan two weeks after her.
The move marks a dramatic change from the current calendarSince 1972, Iowa has held the nation’s first caucus, followed by New Hampshire since 1920, where it has held the nation’s first primary. Nevada and South Carolina have been since the last Democratic election since the 2008 presidential election. A major overhaul of the primary calendar.
The change would have to be approved by the entire DNC in a vote likely to take place early next year, but would almost certainly follow the lead of the rule-making committee.
A revised schedule could make little sense in 2024 if Biden chooses to seek a second term, but could remake the Democratic presidential cycle after that. The president has announced his intentions to run for re-election for months, and White House aides are pushing discussions of staffing for a likely re-election campaign, even though no final decision has been made. is starting.
The DNC also plans to revisit the primary calendar by 2028. That means more changes may be made by then.
In a letter to members of the rules committee, Biden wrote: He also argued that voters of color would not be marginalized when the Democratic Party chose its presidential candidate. , he informally told the party leader that he wanted South Carolina to go first.
Four of the five states ready to start primaries are hot spots for presidents, meaning that ultimately the Democratic winner can lay the groundwork in a crucial general election spot. This is especially true for Michigan and Georgia, who turned to Biden in 2020 after voting for Donald Trump in 2016.
The first five voting states will be arranged to vote before Super Tuesday, the day much of the rest of the country holds its primaries. The early states’ clout is so great, as they often drop out before visiting most of the rest of the country because they’re struggling.
Scott Brennan, a member of the Iowa Rules Board, said “small rural states” like him “must have a say in the presidential nomination process.”
“Democrats can’t forget an entire group of voters in the heart of the Midwest without seriously damaging the party for a new generation,” Brennan said.
The Republican National Committee has already decided to keep the Iowa caucus as the first contest in the 2024 presidential primary, securing Republican White House hopefuls, including Trump. —I have been campaigning there frequently.
House Majority Jim Cliburn, South Carolina’s only congressional Democrat and one of Biden’s top supporters in Congress, said the president would call him Thursday to get his state up. He said he informed him about his push for the
“I didn’t ask to be first,” Cliburn said. “It was his idea that came first.”
Cliburn’s endorsement of Biden in 2020 helped boost the candidate’s sluggish presidential campaign on the eve of the South Carolina primary, which he won big.It helped Biden shake off his early losses It goes through Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and finally captures the White House.
“He knows what South Carolina has done for him, and he’s shown it time and time again by paying his respects to South Carolina.
Still, the vote by the rules committee has faced serious backlash, with some states vowing to ignore the change entirely. This is despite the Panel’s endorsement of language that could result in the loss of all delegates to
Iowa and New Hampshire have said they are required by state law to go before other states and intend to follow them, not the DNC’s statutes. Only committee members in Iowa and New Hampshire opposed the proposal passed on Friday, while everyone else supported it.
Nevada, with its large Hispanic population, was initially reluctant to share the number two slot with New Hampshire, a state 2,500 miles away. The voice of his Artie Blanco, Commissioner of Nevada, cracked in voices against the change.
“If you want to have a strong relationship with a Latino, Nevada needs to date alone, not share the day,” Blanco said.
After further discussion, Blanco said it would support the new calendar. It’s “not ideal” for her state to go on the same day as another state, she said, but “we accept what the president’s will is.”
Harrison said the new list of five early voting states should show they are working to move primaries to those dates by early next year. Some state legislatures set major dates. Others have the Secretary of State or the Director of the Contracting Party do it.
The DNC chair choked after the vote, saying that South Carolina was once the site of the first attack in the Civil War and is now set to lead the party’s primary.
“This proposal reflects the best of our party as a whole and will make our party and our country stronger,” Harrison said.
Associate Press writer Meg Kinnard contributed from Columbia, South Carolina.