The Democratic National Committee is giving New Hampshire another month to endorse the party’s plan to have South Carolina lead off the party’s 2024 presidential primary calendar.
The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee had already twice extended New Hampshire’s deadline to comply with the DNC plan, endorsed by President Joe Biden, that would require New Hampshire to repeal its nearly 50-year-old law mandating that the state hold the first presidential primary every four years.
During its meeting Thursday in Washington, the committee indicated little appetite to try to force anything on New Hampshire — just yet. Instead the emphasis was on giving New Hampshire further opportunity to get behind the party’s proposed primary schedule.
“We want to recommit to that principle, and continue to work with the New Hampshire Democratic Party toward that goal,” Rules and Bylaws Chairman Jim Roosevelt said before the committee voted unanimously to give New Hampshire until Oct. 14 to comply.
DNC members and Biden say letting South Carolina vote first — where Black voters dominate the Democratic electorate, and where Biden won his first 2020 primary — better reflects the party’s demographics than New Hampshire.
But top Democrats here say New Hampshire still deserves to go first – and will.
“We have done everything in our power to comply with the DNC’s requests with regard to our primary calendar and have every intention of complying with New Hampshire state law from which the primary date is set,” New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley said. “We look forward to putting this unnecessary distraction behind us and focusing on electing Granite State Democrats.”
Source : NHPR