Democrats Move to Make South Carolina First Voting State

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    The Facts

    • The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) rule-making arm voted to make South Carolina the first state to vote in its presidential primary starting in 2024, ending Iowa’s nearly 50-year first-in-the-nation status.

    • The decision comes after Pres. Biden urged the DNC to prioritize states with more Black voters in the primary calendar, who he says are "the backbone of the Democratic party but have been pushed to the back of the early primary process."

    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    In a sure sign that Biden plans to run in 2024, the current president and the DNC are clearly looking to manipulate the election in his favor. After his campaign was on life support following embarrassing losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, Biden was saved by South Carolina. Now he wants to reshuffle the deck to have an early advantage and discourage primary challengers.

    Democratic narrative

    The DNC’s decision to make South Carolina the first primary state shows that the party is always on the right side of diversity, giving voices to marginalized communities. Black voters deserve to have their voices heard early in the process, and South Carolina is representative of the Democrat’s diverse electorate.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 56% chance that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for the 2024 US Presidential Election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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