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Joe Biden Wants Democrats To Ax New Hampshire’s First-In-The-Nation Primary Status

December 2, 2022

President Joe Biden doesn’t like New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status.

The Democratic president wants his party to shake up the order and instead give South Carolina that position in the primary.

“For decades, Black voters, in particular, have been the backbone of the Democratic Party but have been pushed to the back of the early primary process,” Biden said in a letter to the Democratic National Committee this week, according to The New York Times. “We rely on these voters in elections but have not recognized their importance in our nominating calendar. It is time to stop taking these voters for granted, and time to give them a louder and earlier voice in the process.”

Biden reportedly wants New Hampshire to be the third primary in the nation, behind South Carolina and Nevada. 

Biden had an abysmal fifth-place finish in the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary, receiving 8.4 percent of the vote; U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) won the primary with 25.6 percent of the vote. Biden finished second in the Nevada caucuses to Sanders, but dominated the South Carolina primary; Biden won South Carolina with 48.6 percent of the vote.

The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee is set to meet on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 to discuss the potential lineup of early Democratic primary states. However, it will not make any final decisions this weekend, according to New Hampshire Bulletin.


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