The presidential candidate Joe Biden was struggling to get any headway during the 2020 primaries until South Carolina turned it all around for the basement-dwelling former Vice President.
Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, the Palmetto State has a large black population that votes democratic religiously, in the 90+ percent range.
James E. Clyburn the Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives endorsed Biden, giving Joe a resounding victory.
As the 2024 presidential primaries approach, President Biden said he would support replacing Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two states on the democratic party’s primary schedule with South Carolina.
In a letter last week, Biden wrote that he wants to do away with caucuses because they are “restrictive” to hourly workers and require voters to choose in public. He also wants the party to focus on states with a higher black population.
In my opinion, the Democrats reorganized the presidential primary calendar on Friday by removing Iowa as the first-in-the-nation caucus and awarding South Carolina by moving the state’s voting to February 3. This would ensure that Joe would get off to a fast start this time, possibly scaring off others who might have considered challenging the sitting president for the White House.
The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) rule-making arm on Friday removed Iowa as the first state on the presidential nominating calendar, a position the state has had for five decades, and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024.
Ultimately, the committee approved moving the South Carolina primary to February 3 and having the Nevada and New Hampshire primary three days later. The committee also made Georgia the following week and Michigan two weeks after.
"Democrats voted to remove Iowa as the leadoff state on the presidential nominating calendar and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024, a dramatic shakeup championed by Biden to better reflect the party’s deeply diverse electorate" https://t.co/da9RyX0U0I
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 2, 2022
The Associated Press explained:
“The move marks a dramatic shift from the current calendar, which has had Iowa holding the first-in-the-nation caucuses since 1972, followed by New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary since 1920. Nevada and South Carolina have gone next since the 2008 presidential election, when Democrats last did a major overhaul of their primary calendar.”
“The revamped schedule could largely be moot for 2024 if Biden opts to seek a second term, but may remake Democratic presidential cycles after that. The president has said for months that he intends to run again, and White House aides have begun making staffing discussions for his likely reelection campaign, even though no final decision has been made.”
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