Nevada dethrones New Hampshire and Iowa as the first states to hold presidential primaries in the United States.
Nevada, according to a measure signed by Nevada’s Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak on Friday, will displace Iowa and New Hampshire as the first U.S. states to hold presidential primaries.
According to the Associated Press, the proposal would make Nevada the first state to vote in presidential primaries in 2024. However, the national political parties must agree on the historic shift. Republicans in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina voiced their opposition to modifying the national schedule on Tuesday, citing Iowa’s position as the first, followed by New Hampshire, and finally Nevada.
“The state of Nevada provides a varied constituency to which presidential candidates must appeal. It isn’t merely for our benefit. It’s for candidates to vet their concerns and interact with the communities they’ll be asking to vote for them in the national presidential election,” said Nevada Speaker of the House Jason Frierson, who pushed for the change.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has remained mute on whether it supports Nevada taking the lead.
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It’s a risk to sign the law.
Other states, particularly Iowa and New Hampshire, are expected to try to move up their contests as a result. State parties may lose delegates at presidential nominating conventions if national political parties refuse to agree to schedule modifications.
The Democratic National Committee is not anticipated to begin developing guidelines for its nominating process until next year.
Democrats in Nevada, including former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, initiated the effort this year to strengthen the state’s economy after the party’s 2020 primary process was questioned. They cited Iowa’s troubled caucuses as well as the reality that, unlike Nevada, the two traditional early states are mainly white.
President Joe Biden did poorly in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries before going on to earn his party’s nomination. In Nevada, with a much more racially diverse population that mirrors the U.S. as a whole, he finished second.
That gave Biden momentum heading into South Carolina’s primary, which then catapulted him to a string of Super Tuesday victories.
The new law changes Nevada’s contest from a party-run, in-person caucus meeting to a. This is a brief summary.