WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic Party on Saturday delayed a decision to potentially rearrange its primary calendar for the 2024 presidential election until after the November midterm elections.
The Democratic National Committee’s rules committee plans to decide during meetings in Washington beginning next week whether to recommend that presidential elections begin with Iowa and New Hampshire. Amid calls from some party leaders and activists that the current No. 3 and No. 4, more diverse states, including Nevada and South Carolina, should move forward.
The committee was also considering adding a fifth preliminary primary contest before “Super Tuesday,” when a large number of states traditionally vote.
But rules committee co-chairs Jim Roosevelt Jr. and Minion Moore wrote in a memo to members that “after talking with many of you over the past several weeks about the final few steps of this process, it’s clear It turns out that the best way to proceed with the last step of the process is to postpone the decision of the committee on the ex-window rule until after the midterm elections.
The committee will still start on Friday, but now has no plans to make a decision until after Election Day, Nov. 8 – which means the primary calendar decision will not affect the race for the dominant congress. Iowa and New Hampshire argued that possibly going first and second place could hurt Democrats in the states’ top race, especially since the Republican Party has already said that Iowa will continue to lead its 2024 primaries. .
“After the mid-term elections, we will regroup to update our assessment of the applicant pool and work toward a final decision to present the full DNC for vote, which the DNC leadership has assured us will look forward to in the mid-term. Will do so soon after the elections. It is possible,” Roosevelt and Moore wrote, “we will continue to work with applicants to work out the final details in the coming weeks.”
Sixteen states and Puerto Rico made presentations before the rules committee earlier this summer, or at least the top five in the top five. The party is considering factors such as diversity, electoral competitiveness and logistical feasibility in making its decision.
This means examining the racial and ethnic composition of states, union membership rates, and how large they are in terms of population and geography can affect the prospects for direct voter engagement and travel and advertising costs.