Biden pushes for change of presidential primary schedule
The Democratic National Committee is being urged by President Joe Biden to change the 2024 presidential primary schedule and make South Carolina, which gave him the nominee for 2020, the party's first-in-the-nation state.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the action would demote Iowa's Democratic state party, whose efforts to simplify the difficult caucus delegate counting process last cycle were dogged by controversy after the failure of an app they developed.
Democrats have also attacked Iowa's excessive significance in light of its narrow demographic range.
According to several reports, DNC members were informed by Biden of his preference for South Carolina to host the first presidential primary election on February 6, 2024.
That is followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on February 13, Georgia on February 20, and Michigan on February 27, during a private dinner on Thursday.
However, he also backed a review of the order every four years in a letter addressed to the group's Rules and Bylaws Committee that same day, ahead of the panel meeting on Friday to talk about potential modifications
“Just like my administration, the Democratic Party has worked hard to reflect the diversity of America — but our nominating process does not," Biden wrote.
Committed to working with the DNC
"For fifty years, the first month of our presidential nominating process has been a treasured part of our democratic process, but it is time to update the process for the 21st century. I am committed to working with the DNC to get this done."
Trav Robertson, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, applauded President Obama for "not only transforming our country" but also "the way in which we nominate presidents" and supported Biden's suggestion.
The DNC "did not give" his state the first-in-the-nation primary, and Ray Buckley, his New Hampshire counterpart, vowed to challenge the proposal because "it is not theirs to take away."
"This news is obviously disappointing, but we will be holding our primary first," Buckley wrote.
He went on, "We have survived past attempts over the decades and we will survive this. Our first-in-the-nation primary has been an integral part of our state’s history for over 100 years, and is enshrined in state law."
In 2020, Biden finished fourth with six delegates in Iowa, sixth with none in New Hampshire, second with nine in Nevada, and first with 39 in South Carolina.
President Joe Biden is expected to be facing off against former President Donald Trump who has already announced his 2024 presidential run.