New Hampshire is not listening to the DNC.
New Hampshire has set their primary date for January 23rd.
The DNC made South Carolina the first primary state over a lack of diversity concerns.
New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan said, “Using racial diversity as a cudgel in an attempt to rearrange the presidential nominating calendar is an ugly precedent. At what point does a state become too old or too wealthy, or too educated or too religious to hold an early primary?”
New Hampshire has officially selected January 23 as its primary date despite Democrats attempting to strip it of its “first in the nation primary” status.
Secretary of State David Scanlan made the announcement this week, blasting the Democrat National Committee (DNC) for making the controversial decision to choose South Carolina as its first in the nation primary, due to concerns over “diversity.”
“Our first-in-the-nation status is now being challenged by the Democratic National Committee due to alleged concerns over lack of racial diversity,” Scanlan said.
“Using racial diversity as a cudgel in an attempt to rearrange the presidential nominating calendar is an ugly precedent. At what point does a state become too old or too wealthy, or too educated or too religious to hold an early primary?” he asked, asserting that the “elites on a national party committee” are essentially getting to determine the nominee of a party by “controlling the nominating calendar or the voters.”
Biden did not put his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot.
Biden didn’t put his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot in anticipation that the state would hold an unsanctioned Democratic contest. His campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, wrote in a letter to state Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley that while the “president wishes to participate” in the primary, he’s “obligated” to follow the DNC calendar he set in motion. Biden’s allies in the state are now running a write-in campaign on his behalf.
But Biden could still lose the now-officially unofficial early contest to a longshot candidate like Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) or Marianne Williamson, both of whom filed for the primary ballot and are campaigning in the state. A loss here would be an embarrassment for Biden en route to his likely renomination. And based on Democratic Party rules passed last year, the state could lose half its delegates if it goes through with an unsanctioned primary.