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The Republican National Committee sticks to tradition.
On Thursday, full RNC members voted unanimously not to change their 2024 presidential nomination timeline, keeping Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada as the first four states to vote. .
The vote, at the RNC’s spring training meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, approved recommendations adopted by a committee at the national party’s winter meeting in February. That panel was chaired by Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann and included Republican Party chairs from New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
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“Thank you @GOPChairwoman and the entire RNC for reaffirming the rules that allow Iowa to hold our First in the Nation caucuses. Iowa takes its responsibility seriously and stands ready to begin the presidential nomination process for our nation!” Kaufmann tweeted minutes after the vote.
New Hampshire GOP Chairman Steve Stepanek told Fox News that “the RNC supports the excluded states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. We are doing it well in New Hampshire. , and the RNC sees tremendous value in continuing this timeline for the next presidential primary.”
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The RNC’s reaffirmation of its schedule came a day after the rival Democratic National Committee took a major step to upend its longstanding presidential schedule of primaries and caucuses, which has been led by Iowa and New Hampshire since decades.
The DNC Rules and Regulations Committee voted Wednesday to demand that these two states, along with Nevada and South Carolina, which host the third and fourth contests on the DNC schedule, reapply for early state status in the 2024 calendar. Other states that wish to climb to the top of the calendar can also apply.
The decision by the rules and regulations committee, which oversees the party’s presidential nomination calendar, would also potentially allow a fifth state to gain dropout status, meaning it could hold its presidential nomination primary before March. 2024, when the rest of the states are allowed to start holding their contests.
Iowa’s caucuses kicked off the Democratic and Republican nominating calendars for half a century, and New Hampshire hosted the nation’s first presidential primary in a century.
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But the blow for years against the two states among many Democrats has been that they’re too white, lack large urban areas, and aren’t representative of a Democratic party that has become increasingly diverse over the of the last decades. Nevada and South Carolina are much more diverse than Iowa or New Hampshire.
To complicate matters, Nevada Democrats passed a bill last year that would turn the state’s presidential caucus into a primary and aim to move the contest to the top of the White House race, ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire. And Iowa’s problems have been compounded by the botched 2020 caucus reports, which have become national and international history and an embarrassment to Iowa Democrats as well as the DNC.
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In addition to the current four early voting states, Michigan and New Jersey have indicated they will seek dropout status.