The Democratic National Committee has made a monumental decision that could shape the 2024 presidential election: South Carolina will be the first voting state in the Democratic primary. This decision is a major shift in the election process and could have a huge impact on the outcome of the election.
The DNC’s decision to make South Carolina the first voting state is a strategic move to prioritize non-white voters. By doing so, South Carolina has jumped ahead of both Iowa and New Hampshire, which have traditionally cast their ballots for president before South Carolina. DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison said that the decision was made to “put black voters at the front of the process” and to “keep Nevada, where Latinos have been building power.” He also noted that the decision reflects the Democratic Party’s commitment to look like America.
Voting for the Democratic presidential nominee is now slated to begin in South Carolina on February 3, 2024, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada, Georgia on February 13, and Michigan on February 27. However, to comply with the DNC’s recommendation, both Georgia and New Hampshire would need to amend state rules, meaning that the schedule has not been officially finalized.
Iowa Democratic Chair Rita Hart was not pleased with the decision, claiming that it showed that Democrats had stopped caring about rural voters. She said the decision demonstrated that Democrats had “turned their back on Iowa and rural America.”
The decision was made after President Joe Biden had told Democrats that he wanted the move to be made. Biden said that the decision was made to recognize the importance of Black voters in the Democratic Party and to give them a louder and earlier voice in the process.
The move could also boost Biden’s chance if he runs again and is contested, as his 2020 campaign was floundering until he won South Carolina where he was backed by key Democrat leaders. The decision also follows a chaotic 2020 primary in Iowa where no candidate emerged as the clear winner, thanks to counting missteps and delays.
The DNC’s decision to make South Carolina the first voting state for the 2024 presidential primary is a major shift in the election process. The decision is a strategic move to prioritize non-white voters and to give Black voters a louder and earlier voice in the process. The move could also have a huge impact on the outcome of the election, both for President Biden and for the Democratic Party as a whole.