New Hampshire Spurns DNC, Refuses To Give Up First-In-The-Nation Primary
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) waits for the start of a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and governors visiting from states around the country in the East Room of the White House on February 10, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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New Hampshire has chosen to defy the Democratic Party and stick with holding the first-in-the-nation primary.

At a press conference in the Hall of Flags of the State House, David Scanlan, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, announced on Wednesday that his state will hold its 2024 primary on Tuesday, January 23.

“We haven’t changed a thing,” declared Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH), who joined Scanlon and other officials at the event, adding later that, “In all the craziness of this day and age, consistency and integrity” in the election process is what people want.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) chose to shake up its primary schedule by selecting South Carolina as the first presidential nominating state for the 2024 cycle on February 3, prompting a scheduling clash with Iowa and New Hampshire. Republicans elected to keep their calendar the same.

Iowa decided to work with the DNC on a plan to hold an in-person caucus to deal with “party business” and down-ballot races on January 15 — in step with the GOP holding its caucuses on that date — while conducting a mail-in presidential caucus until Super Tuesday in early March.

New Hampshire refused to mess with the state law, which has helped preserve the decades-long tradition of it holding the first presidential primary, despite the DNC’s threat to levy sanctions that would strip the power of New Hampshire’s delegates at next year’s national convention in Chicago.


The effort by the DNC to make South Carolina the first presidential nominating state comes as part of a push for more diversity atop the early voting process. South Carolina also happens to be the state where Biden started to gain momentum in the 2020 primary contest with a victory after he got fourth place in the Iowa caucuses and fifth place in New Hampshire.

Though Biden opted not to appear on the primary ballot in New Hampshire because of the brewing standoff over the order of election contests, there has been an effort to get voters to write in the incumbent’s name. Biden has a couple primary challengers, including Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and self-help author Marianne Williamson, but has dominated primary polls.

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