(TheRedWire.com) – On Saturday the Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted in favor of changing the presidential nominating schedule for the 2024 presidential election. The new schedule would take away Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s longtime leadoff positions.
This move by the DNC is meant to be a clear representation of the attention that the party is giving to diverse communities and voters. In the past decade, the Democratic party has heavily relied on Black and Hispanic voters. New Hampshire had held the first primary in the presidential race for a century before being bumped down by the current schedule.
Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley, right before the vote said that this move was “mind-boggling” and a “self-inflicted wound” which would only damage the Democratic candidate in 2024 in the general election with key battleground states.
Around 500 DNC members were present in the Winter meeting where it was decided that South Carolina would be the leader of the Democratic primary calendar. The new schedule requires South Carolina to hold its primary on Feb. 3, 2024, with New Hampshire and Nevada following three days later. Georgia would hold its primary on Feb. 13 followed by Michigan two weeks later.
For the past five decades, it had been Iowa and New Hampshire that had led the primary. However, the Democrats have for years maintained that these states do not represent the party as a whole, as they lack the diversity of the Democratic party. They argue that this change would help further empower minority communities to vote.
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