DNC Nears Biden-Backed Plan To Make S. Carolina Party’s First Voting State

A Democratic National Committee panel Friday advanced a President Biden-backed plan to make South Carolina the first state to hold a primary in the party's presidential nominating process.

At a glance

  • Under the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee proposal, Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan would follow soon after South Carolina and precede Super Tuesday
  • The changes still require confirmation at a full DNC meeting, set to take place next year.
  • Biden earlier this week backed the plan, arguing that the existing order of Iowa, New Hampshire, then South Carolina leaves too many of the party and country’s minority voters out of the early stages.
  • “Too often over the past fifty years, candidates have dropped out or had their candidacies marginalized by the press and pundits because of poor performances in small states early in the process before voters of color cast a vote,” he wrote to the committee.

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