South Carolina to Get First Slot on Democrats’ 2024 Calendar

“The Democratic National Committee is expected Saturday to approve the most significant changes in the party’s presidential nominating process in nearly two decades, ending the tradition of starting in Iowa and instead awarding that prize to South Carolina,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The changes would also reduce the importance of New Hampshire, which has traditionally hosted the first primary following Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. The shifts would give greater early influence to Black and union voters, while reducing the clout of rural ones.”

“Iowa and New Hampshire have said they would hold unapproved contests, although the DNC has the authority to strip 2024 national convention delegates, as well as access to debates and voter databases, from candidates who campaign in unsanctioned elections. States that break the rules also can lose seats at the convention.”

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