Biden Chooses Not to Enter New Hampshire Democratic Primary

It has been confirmed that President Joe Biden’s name will not appear on the Democratic primary ballot in New Hampshire for the upcoming 2024 election. 

This decision was jointly announced by his campaign and the state Democratic Party, and it stems from a specific set of rules and guidelines set forth by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

President Biden, who expressed his desire to participate in the primary, is bound by the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, which the DNC has promulgated. 

The DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee issued guidance on October 24, 2023, urging Democratic campaigns to refrain from placing candidates’ names on the primary ballot. 

With this guidance, Biden’s campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, clarified that his name would not be submitted for the primary, respecting the candidate filing deadline. 

However, it’s important to note that President Biden’s name will still appear on the general election ballot in New Hampshire.

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Raymond Buckley: Confidence in President Biden’s 2024 Democratic Nomination

Raymond Buckley, the chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, emphasized that President Biden was already expected to secure the Democratic nomination in the 2024 election. 

He underlined Biden’s trust and popularity among New Hampshire voters, citing his significant lead over former President Donald Trump in the state’s polls.

This decision comes amid changes to the Democratic National Committee’s primary calendar. The DNC has shuffled the order of primaries, with South Carolina now leading the lineup. 

Under this new schedule, Nevada and New Hampshire will follow, followed by Georgia and Michigan.

Notably, Iowa has been removed from the early states casting their primary ballots.

In a separate development, reports suggest that Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) is considering a longshot bid for the Democratic nomination against President Biden. Although Phillips has conducted outreach in New Hampshire, he is expected to pose a manageable challenge to the president. 

However, this potential entry into the race may create an unwelcome distraction for the Democratic Party as it navigates the upcoming election cycle.

The decision to abstain from the New Hampshire primary reflects the intricacies of the DNC’s rules and highlights President Biden’s already strong position within the Democratic Party.

It also signifies the evolving landscape of presidential primaries as states like New Hampshire adjust to changes in the election calendar.

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Source: The Hill

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