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Biden gained’t seem on New Hampshire Democratic major poll. However write-ins are nonetheless an choice


New Hampshire has but to set a proper date for its 2024 major.

President Joe Biden speaks within the East Room of the White Home, Tuesday Oct. 24, 2023 in Washington, the place he’ll award the Nationwide Medal of Science and the Nationwide Medal of Expertise and Innovation. (AP Picture/Jacquelyn Martin) AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden gained’t file to have his identify seem on the 2024 New Hampshire Democratic major poll, his reelection marketing campaign stated Tuesday, opting to skip a contest that the state plans to carry in defiance of a revamped major order that the White Home has championed.

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, supervisor of Biden’s reelection marketing campaign, wrote in a letter to New Hampshire Democratic Get together Chair Raymond Buckley that “whereas the president needs to take part within the major, he’s obligated to conform” with celebration guidelines.

“The president appears to be like ahead to having his identify on New Hampshire’s normal election poll because the nominee of the Democratic Get together after formally securing the nomination on the 2024 Democratic Nationwide Conference, the place he’ll tirelessly marketing campaign to earn each single vote within the Granite State subsequent November,” Rodriguez wrote.

Biden final yr urged the Democratic Nationwide Committee to shake up the order of the 2024 major, changing Iowa’s leadoff caucus with the South Carolina major to higher empower Black and different minority voters essential to the celebration’s base. In February, the DNC accepted a brand new 2024 calendar, starting with South Carolina’s major on Feb. 3, adopted three days later by New Hampshire and Nevada.

However New Hampshire has balked on the plan, arguing that it has historically held the nation’s opening major — a rule that Iowa solely acquired round by having caucuses. Prime New Hampshire Democrats say state regulation there mandates internet hosting the nation’s first major, and officers have vowed to have a major previous to South Carolina’s no matter what the DNC says.

The DNC has warned that such a transfer would result in an unsanctioned major that might set off sanctions, together with New Hampshire probably dropping delegates to the 2024 Democratic conference in Chicago. Within the meantime, New Hampshire voters will nonetheless be capable of write in Biden’s identify even throughout an unsanctioned major, and a few of the state’s high Democrats have organized an effort to encourage write-in help for the president.

New Hampshire has but to set a proper date for its 2024 major. However, in response to Chavez’s letter, Buckley launched an announcement saying, “The fact is that Joe Biden will win the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation major in January, win renomination in Chicago and will likely be re-elected subsequent November.”

Biden isn’t the primary sitting president to forgo showing on New Hampshire’s major poll. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson didn’t file for the state’s major and nonetheless gained through write-in, although Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s sturdy second-place end within the state helped push Johnson to announce mere weeks later that he wouldn’t search reelection.