Democratic National Committee criticizes New Hampshire Democratic Party for ‘harmful’ primary process


The Democratic National Committee called the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s upcoming primary process “harmful.”

Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee co-chairs Minyon Moore and James Roosevelt Jr. wrote in a letter to New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley that “the January 23, 2024 event cannot be used as the first determining stage of the state delegate selection process and is considered harmful”.

“The NHDP should take steps to educate the public that January 23 is a non-binding and meaningless presidential preference event and the NHDP and presidential candidates should take all possible steps not to participate,” the letter reads. , obtained by POLITICO.

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The Democratic National Committee called the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s upcoming primary process “harmful.” (Fox News – Paul Steinhauser)

This comes after New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, a Republican, announced that the state would hold its primary on January 23, undermining Democrats’ efforts to hold the party’s first primary in South Carolina on February 3rd.

“We are aware that the Party intends to organize a delegate selection process on Saturday, January 6,” the letter reads. “We recommend that you inform participants that this process has not been approved by the RBC and, therefore, is not the approved route to becoming a National Convention Delegate, nor will it be recommended for approval by the RBC.”

Buckley said in a statement to POLITICO that “it’s nothing new. They’ve been saying that for a year, but we persist.”

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison speaks during a lakeside event in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Iowa and New Hampshire have historically been the first states in the Democratic electoral process. However, President Biden and the Democratic National Committee attempted to change the primary schedule this year to begin with South Carolina, a state that propelled the president to victory in 2020, to try to increase racial diversity in the electoral process.

“The Democratic Party looks like America, and so does this proposal,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison said last year of the plan.

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