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Democrats wanted to make South Carolina the first primary state for 2024 – New Hampshire didn’t agree.
They are holding an unsanctioned Democratic primary before the South Carolina primary.
New Hampshire is holding an unsanctioned Democratic primary in just over two weeks after state and national Democrats failed to agree on the order of this year’s nominating calendar.
President Joe Biden and the DNC pitched South Carolina, a more diverse state that propelled Biden to the nomination in 2020, for the lead-off spot. But Republicans who control New Hampshire’s government refused to change the law that says the state must hold its primary a week before any similar contest. The secretary of state scheduled the primary for Jan. 23. South Carolina’s Democratic primary is Feb. 3.
Biden skipped putting his name on the ballot for New Hampshire’s primary as a result. His allies in the state are now waging a write-in campaign on his behalf.
New Hampshire Democrats continued with business as usual by scheduling delegate-selection caucuses for Biden and longshot challengers Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and self-help guru Marianne Williamson on Saturday.
The DNC blasted them.
In a letter to Politico they said, “The NHDP must take steps to educate the public that January 23rd is a non-binding presidential preference event and is meaningless and the NHDP and presidential candidates should take all steps possible not to participate.”
Fox News reported:
The Democratic National Committee called the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s upcoming primary process “detrimental.”
The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee co-chairs Minyon Moore and James Roosevelt Jr. wrote in a letter to the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s chair, Raymond Buckley, that “The event on January 23, 2024 cannot be used as the first determining stage of the state’s delegate selection process and is considered detrimental.”
“The NHDP must take steps to educate the public that January 23rd is a non-binding presidential preference event and is meaningless and the NHDP and presidential candidates should take all steps possible not to participate,” the letter, obtained by POLITICO, reads.
This comes after New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, a Republican, announced that the state would hold its primary on Jan. 23, undermining Democrats’ efforts to hold the party’s first primary in South Carolina on Feb. 3.