The Democratic Party is strengthening the influence of the African-American vote in its primaries

The primary ball will now open in South Carolina, which has a large African-American population, and no longer in Iowa, a small country state with a predominantly white population.

The Democratic Party on Friday, Dec. 2, approved a major shakeup in the calendar for its primaries, a proposal by President Joe Biden that will strengthen the influence of the African-American vote in the selection of the candidate for the White House from 2024. The eight-term president, who said he was considering a second term at the helm of the United States, had suggested this reorganization in a letter sent Thursday to the committee responsible for the Democratic Party’s operating rules.

Historically, the long process begins with the US primaries in the state of Iowa, which has an atypical voting system: “clamp», traditional electorate assemblies. This gives disproportionate influence to this small, rural state with a predominantly white population. Joe Biden, on the contrary, proposed opening the primary election ball in the southern state of South Carolina, which has a large African-American population.

“Broad support from voters of color”

The committee approved the proposal Friday in a show of hands, with only members representing Iowa and New Hampshire voting against. The new calendar will be submitted in February 2023 for a vote by the entire party leadership. The committee proposes that the first Democratic primary be held on February 3 in South Carolina, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire on the 6th, Georgia on the 13th and Michigan on the 27th.

Before the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden had suffered several failures in the primaries of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, before he won a very big victory in South Carolina, which had allowed him to turn the tide and finally be elected to challenge Donald Trump. To justify his choice to mix a calendar engraved in decades of practice, Joe Biden explained that it had become impossible to obtain the nomination of the Democratic Party “without broad support from voters of colorwhether they are African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islander.

For decades, black voters have been the backbone of the Democratic Party in particular, but they have been pushed toward the end of the primary process.“, Joe Biden noted in his email.”It’s time to stop taking these voters for granted, and it’s time to give them an earlier and more visible voice in this process.“, he added.

“Small rural states”

The presidential proposal had been warmly welcomed by the Democratic leadership of Iowa and New Hampshire, two small states that are used to shining alone in the spotlight at the start of the primaries, attracting huge campaign funding as a result. “Small states like Iowa must have a voice in the presidential nomination processinsisted Ross Wilburn, the local leader of the Democratic Party.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said his state would still hold its primaries.”first“. “We have survived past attempts for decades and we will survive this“, he added.”Our nation’s first primaries have been an integral part of our state for over 100 years and are enshrined in our laws.The Republican Party still plans to hold its first primary in Iowa in 2024, Donald Trump said in a statement Friday.

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