As Friday’s deadline for New Hampshire to comply with the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) new presidential primary calendar came and went, President Joe Biden’s campaign may be forced into “an embarrassing situation.”
As BizPac Review reported, in February, the DNC approved a new calendar for the 2024 presidential primaries that would do away with the “first in the nation” spot that New Hampshire and Iowa have long held.
Instead, South Carolina would hold the first presidential primary election on Feb. 3, 2024, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on Feb. 6, despite laws in New Hampshire and Iowa that require that they hold the first presidential nomination processes of their kind on the books.
“Georgia and Michigan, swing states carried by President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, also will move up the calendar,” BizPac reported at the time, “while Iowa is completely out of the early primary window.”
To comply with the new DNC calendar, “New Hampshire needs to scrap its state law protecting its first-in-the-nation primary status and must expand access to early voting,” according to Fox News Digital. “But with Republicans in control of New Hampshire’s governor’s office and both houses of the state legislature, state Democrats have repeatedly argued that’s a non-starter.”
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Should New Hampshire fail to comply, “the state could lose half of its delegates to next summer’s Democratic presidential nominating convention, under DNC penalties passed last year.”
But if New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan’s remarks to Fox News earlier this summer are any indication, the Granite State has no intention of ceding to South Carolina.
“If South Carolina is scheduled as the first primary, it would be at least seven days before that,” Scanlan said.
“The thought — at this moment — is that the primary may be held on Jan. 23, eight days after Iowa’s GOP presidential caucus,” Fox News Digital reports.
Should New Hampshire move up its election date as expected, it could put Biden in an awkward spot.
As the president’s two primary challengers, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson, take repeated trips to the Granite State to campaign against him, Biden “will likely stay off the ballot” in the state “to avoid an unsanctioned primary,” Fox News states.
New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley came to the same conclusion earlier this year.
“President Biden will not file for election in the New Hampshire primary, which will still go first,” he said. “This will set him up, we believe, for an embarrassing situation where the first primary in the country will be won by someone other than the president.”
But according to Democratic strategist Maria Cordona, unsanctioned contests won’t stop Biden from being renominated by his party.
“The Democratic primary in a president’s re-election is never about any single state,” she recently told Fox News. “It is about the opportunity to tout how that president has delivered for the American people with policies that have put working class and middle class families first.”
“President Biden will run away with this primary and be our party’s nominee, who will then go into a second term in the White House,” Cardona, who is a member of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, said. “And that is nothing to be embarrassed about.”
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