The Democratic National Committee has decided to delay a much-anticipated decision on the 2024 presidential primary calendar until party officials are briefed after Saturday’s midterm elections.
The DNC had planned to decide this summer whether Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their traditional first-in-the-nation status in 2024, or whether more diverse states would take their place in the early primary window, which also includes Nevada and South Carolina.
But leaders of the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee said in a memo to officials on Saturday that they essentially ran out of time ahead of the midterm elections to work out unresolved issues about how each of the 17 states competing for a coveted early would have advertised a primary spot doing so would conduct their elections and want local officials to focus now on the fall elections.
“After the midterm elections, we will meet again to update our assessment of the applicant pool and work towards a final decision that we will put to the vote of the entire DNC, which has been assured by the DNC leadership that they will do so as soon as possible after the.” Midterm elections are possible,” wrote Jim Roosevelt, Jr. and Minyon Moore, the committee’s co-chairs, in the memo shared with NBC News.
“We will continue to work with applicants over the coming weeks to finalize final details,” they added.
Most states that have applied for an early seat have not previously held such an election, so they would need the cooperation of their governor and state legislatures — some of which are Republican-controlled — to make necessary legislative changes and allocate resources .
Iowa and New Hampshire have long been criticized for their unique powers, especially among Democrats, who note that both states are predominantly white. Iowa, in particular, has had a target on its back since it screwed up the 2020 Democratic caucuses and the state drifted further into the Republican column.
The rules committee still plans to meet in Washington next week to work on other issues related to the 2024 presidential nomination contest, but will no longer hold voting on the calendar, the memo said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/dnc-postpones-vote-keeping-iowa-new-hampshire-2024-rcna40798 DNC postpones voting on keeping Iowa, New Hampshire as first contests