Biden Decides To Break Century Old Tradition

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( – On Tuesday President Biden announced that he would be breaking a century old tradition by not having his name included in the primary ballot in New Hampshire. As the announcement pointed out the Democratic National Committee has pledged that there would be repercussions for candidates who joined unsanctioned primaries, including the one being scheduled in New Hampshire.

Julie Chávez Rodríguez, the Biden 2024 campaign manager, stated in a letter that while the President wanted to take part in the primary election it was his obligation to comply with the Delegate Selection Rules set forth for the Democratic National Convention in 2024. The rules have been pushed by the Democratic National Party. The letter was sent to Ray Buckley, the Democratic party chair in New Hampshire.

Rodriguez further noted that based on the guidance provided, Biden was not going to be submitting a Declaration of Candidacy for the state’s primary election prior to the deadline set for Friday.

For more than a century New Hampshire has been the state that holds the first presidential primary election for both parties, while Iowa has for around half a century led the caucuses.

However, for years Democrats have been attempting to change the position of the two states arguing that they were not a good representation of the election cycle as their largely White population and lack of large urban areas have meant that the demographic of the party is not represented. Both Nevada and South Carolina, which are the two states that follow in the primary, are considered to be more diverse and a greater representation of the party.

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