The Democrat National Committee’s rule-making wing voted to remove Iowa from first-in-the-nation status on Friday when it comes to the 2024 presidential nominating calendar. South Carolina will instead kickoff the campaign.
It’s a change that President Joe Biden publicly supported. Iowa held the spot for more than 40 years, but after issues with recent caucus results, Democrats made the move.
Top Democrats had also said the process should start in more diverse states. What gets lost in that discussion is the fact the last three winners of the Democrat caucus in Iowa include a woman, a black guy and a homosexual guy.
The committee also voted to have New Hampshire and Nevada both go second, one week following South Carolina. Georgia and Michigan would round out the first five. New Hampshire held the first-in-the-nation primary since 1920.
The full DNC still has to pass the calendar, but is expected to follow the rule-making committee’s decision.
In a letter to the rules committee members, Biden encouraged the party to get rid of caucuses completely due to rules on in-person participation.
Republicans decided to keep Iowa first for 2024 previously. Both Iowa and New Hampshire have said that laws in their states require them to start the process, and they’ll follow those laws rather than the DNC.