Democrats are already eying the 2024 presidential election.
And the left has a surprise move in store.
And Democrats just proposed this massive change to voting.
The presidential nominating calendar is a source of controversy on the left.
Ever since 2004 Democrats and Republicans both kicked off their presidential nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
The Iowa Caucus came first, and New Hampshire held the first-in-the-nation primary.
But liberals chafed at the fact that Iowa and New Hampshire were over 90 percent white complaining that those two states were not representative of the party’s coalition.
And the fiasco in the 2020 Iowa Caucus where the state party was unable to count votes and determine who won between Peter Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders was the final straw.
The Democratic National Committee is set to vote on a new nominating calendar and Iowa is out as the kickoff contest.
Democrats are no longer competitive in the state and the party is looking for a new Midwestern state to move up to take Iowa’s place.
“I don’t think there’s any way Iowa stays and there’s no reason for Iowa to stay,” a Democrat familiar with the national committee’s new calendar plans told POLITICO. “From an electoral standpoint, we’ve lost Iowa completely.”
Currently, the two favorites are Michigan and Minnesota.
Democrats are also likely to hold a caucus in Nevada first as Nevada is a key swing state that is home to a large Latino population.
“Nevada going first will help Democrats win future presidential elections, more so than any other state under consideration,” former Harry Reid aide Rebecca Lambe argued to the national committee.
But this entire process is stuck at a standstill because no one knows if Joe Biden is running for re-election or what states Biden wants to go in, or what order, if he does enter the 2024 race.
“If the president says he wants this state or that state in the early window, then I’m going to support it because he’s the leader of the party and I would imagine every other [rules committee] member feels the same way,” a Democratic National Committee member said in an interview with POLITICO. “So, it’s frustrating when we’ve invested all this time, energy and money into this whole process and the White House has given us nothing, even though we’re only days away from making a decision.”
“It’s almost like Kabuki theater,” the DNC member stated.
Democrats are proposing the biggest change to the presidential voting calendar in decades.
Both parties like the Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada set-up because it provided geographic balance, ideological balance, and featured small states where candidates needed to prove their mettle by directly appealing to voters with retail politics and personal contact.
If Democrats drop Iowa and New Hampshire while moving larger states like Michigan up to the front of the nominating calendar it will benefit the establishment candidates who can rake in the big bucks from corporate donors.
Shifting around the calendar could also affect the general election as a state like New Hampshire values its position as the “First-in-the-Nation Primary” and Democrats could face a backlash for stripping that honor away.
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