What will changes in the US Democratic primary calendar mean? | Elections

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South Carolina will replace Iowa as the first US state to vote in the primaries.

The Democratic National Committee in the United States has approved President Joe Biden’s effort to give Black voters and other minorities more influence in the presidential nomination process.

Voters in all 50 US states can choose between different candidates in party primaries, a months-long process. Those who start the race with a win tend to gain momentum for their candidacy.

For decades, Iowa was the first state with a primary calendar, followed by New Hampshire — two of the least diverse states in the nation.

Now, the first Democratic primaries will take place in South Carolina, where Black voters play an important role.

Indicator: Adrian Finighan


Douglass Sloan – Senior Political Analyst, Congressional Strategy Group

Jason Shepherd – Attorney and assistant professor of political science at Kennesaw State University

Leslie Vinjamuri – Director of the Americas and Americas Program at Chatham House


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