New Hampshire: Presidential Primary Finally Scheduled: New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan yesterday announced that the state’s “first-in-the-nation” presidential primary will be scheduled for January 23, 2024. There is little surprise associated with this date. To remain as the first primary state and comply with New Hampshire election law – Iowa still votes earlier (Jan 15), but they feature caucus voting – January 23rd became the state’s only choice.
The Nevada primary is February 6th, and New Hampshire law, which gives the Secretary of State sole authority to schedule and move the election to prevent another domain from jumping to the front, requires the primary to be at least one week before any other state. Thus, January 23rd, in holding with their Tuesday voting tradition, was the Secretary’s only viable option.
President Biden will not participate in the New Hampshire primary because the state would not agree to the new Democratic National Committee schedule. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) will be on the Democratic ballot, however, and most of the party’s state leadership is organizing a write-in campaign to support President Biden.
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