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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:15 AM

Many Democrats Are Sick Of Iowa And New Hampshire Going First, But The Primary Calendar Is Unlikely

Many Democrats Are Sick Of Iowa And New Hampshire Going First, But The Primary Calendar Is Unlikely To Change


Like death and taxes, it’s long been a fact of life that Iowa and New Hampshire kick off both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

However, the nightmarish hellscape that was the Iowa caucuses in the 2020 Democratic primary — the Iowa Democratic Party released barely any results the night of the caucuses because of technical problems — heightened calls for ending Iowa’s reign as the first state to vote in the primary calendar.

But in some ways, the push to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from the start of the primary process has long been picking up steam among Democrats. Iowa and New Hampshire are two very white states — 85 to 90 percent of each state’s population is non-Hispanic white — and in 2020 neither state did much to influence the nomination race for a party that is now about 40 percent nonwhite. Now-President Biden won the Democratic primary despite finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in New Hampshire’s primary.

Yet the mounting opposition to Iowa and New Hampshire voting first might not be enough to actually depose them. Ultimately, state parties and/or governments decide the timing of their caucuses or primaries. And while the national party can encourage these decision-makers to schedule their contests on certain dates, it cannot unilaterally impose its will on the primary calendar. Moreover, because Republicans seem intent on keeping the two states in prime position for the 2024 campaign, it might be even more difficult for Democrats to make any changes.

Read more: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/many-democrats-are-sick-of-iowa-and-new-hampshire-going-first-but-the-primary-calendar-is-unlikely-to-change/

Considering that neither state selected the Democratic nominee in 2020, I agree that it is time to shuffle the order of the primaries.

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Indykatie Apr 2021 #1
jimfields33 Apr 2021 #3
LetMyPeopleVote Apr 2021 #5
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 03:11 AM

1. I'll Be Mighty Pissed If DEms Don't Change the Order of the Primary Calendar

I fail to see how the Republicans primary calendar has anything to do with what Dems decide to do. State parties depend on funding from the National party coffers. That is powerful leverage over State party decisions. Given Biden's nomination experience he should be more than open to supporting a change. We need to get rid of Caucuses too.

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 06:39 AM

3. I can see them working to change it in 2028

Gives them more time as 2024 probably will be a non contested primary since we will have an incumbent president.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:38 PM

5. I agree with your analysls

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:16 AM

2. That's just not right, and must be changed.it doesn't make sense

That Democrats at national level cannot set the dates of national races.

The big problem is the media setting the tone that Iowa and New Hampshire reflects what America wants

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:37 PM

4. New Hampshire and Iowa do not reflect the Demographics of the Democratic Party

Why do we have two 90%+ states when the party's demographics are very different. Joe was the only candidate who was going to be able to defeat trump and the results of New Hampshire and Iowa showed that these two states were not relevant to the base of the party.

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