Democratic party leaders are considering overhauling the 2024 presidential primary calendar, a transformation that would include ousting Iowa and New Hampshire from their cherished perches as the first states to vote https://t.co/v7wKwBdAwb
— POLITICO (@politico) March 31, 2021
… At least in this household:
… Senior party leaders and Democratic National Committee members are privately exploring the idea of pushing South Carolina and Nevada to the front of the primary election schedule, as well as the possibility of multiple states holding the first nominating contest on the same day…
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to have those two states to set the tone. It’s really a false premise that if you do well in Iowa and New Hampshire you’re going to do well across the country. That was proven wrong with Joe Biden,” Reid said in an interview. “There’s no diversity in Iowa. There’s certainly no diversity in New Hampshire.”
Interviews with more than a dozen Democratic leaders, DNC members and state party officials reveal that intense behind-the-scenes jockeying is already underway, with conversations ranging from reconfiguring the early state order to moving up Southern or Rust Belt states in the timeline…
The outline of the 2024 presidential nominating process is coming under scrutiny in part because of Iowa’s botched 2020 caucuses, which failed to deliver a clear winner at a time when the Democratic Party’s increasing diversity focused attention on the state’s predominantly white electorate. Elevating South Carolina’s role would pay homage to a changing electoral map, where Southern voters — including in Georgia — stepped up to support Biden in the general election.
Similar political and demographic considerations are at play in Nevada, where Reid has advocated ending caucuses altogether and the state Legislature is considering a proposal to do so…
Even if all that can be accomplished for the 2024 primaries is killing caucuses in favor of primaries, that’s a genuine win for representative democracy, IMO.
And Clyburn tells me: IA and NV “demographically do not represent the Democratic voting bloc. They should not have an outsize influence,” Clyburn said. “South Carolina is a state that gives Democratic candidates the best chance for developing a national primary.”
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) March 31, 2021
And look who *hates* the idea, because he’s so looking forward to swinging his Big, um, Ego around the Granite State using donors’ money:
HR1 could strike a dagger in the heart of NH as the first in the nation primary. Are NH’s Senators with the people of NH or are they with progressives & Democrats who want to take that decision to DC? I'm with NH. I guess the Senators’ votes will tell us the answer.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) March 30, 2021