Democrats have officially approved a revamped 2024 presidential primary schedule that will make South Carolina the first state to vote in the nominating process.
The endorsement by the Democratic National Committee of the radical shakeup comes two months after the organization’s rule-making arm voted to yank Iowa as the leadoff state, a position it has held since 1972.
Under the new configuration, South Carolina will hold its primary on Feb. 3. New Hampshire and Nevada will hold their contests three days later.
Georgia will vote on Feb. 13, followed by Michigan on Feb. 27, and the Super Tuesday vote in early March.
The move was proposed in part to increase diversity in the presidential nominating contest, and has been championed by President Joe Biden, who is expected to officially announce his run for re-election in the coming months.
While many politicians have cheered on the move, with Mayor Eric Adams saying he excited that the party was “prioritizing Black voters,” others have decried it as tanking Democrats’ chances in the upcoming presidential contest.
New Hampshire pols previously wrote a letter to the White House warning that the schedule change would harm Democrats’ changes in the Granite State.
“While we share your desire to elevate more diverse voices in the process, we believe that the proposed schedule could wreak havoc on Democrats up and down the ticket in New Hampshire and unnecessarily jeopardize four critical electoral votes in your re-election campaign,”
With Post wires.