Fresh off hard-fought midterm victories in Congress earlier this month, Nevada Democratic officials are now gathering in Washington, D.C., to make their case to national party leaders for the chance to hold the first presidential primary of the next election in their state.
That’s because the Democratic National Committee is poised to upend decades of political tradition this week when they vote on a new presidential nominating calendar that officials say will better align the party with its base and boost their chances of keeping the White House in 2024.
The new calendar is likely to oust Iowa from its highly coveted first-in-the-nation status, which the state has held since 1972. Now, states such as Nevada and New Hampshire, which traditionally have held their presidential primaries after Iowa but before the rest of the country, are competing to take over as the frontrunner.
The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee could take a vote as soon as Friday after two days of hearings.
“We really need to open up our presidential primary process to allow for states that reflect the full voting population of the country to help determine who our nominee is,” Artie Blanco, a member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee, told the Reno Gazette Journal on Wednesday afternoon, as she boarded her flight from Las Vegas to D.C. for the hearings.
As the committee weighs options this week, here’s what to know.
What criteria is the DNC looking for?
In April, the committee invited any state party interested in holding an early contest to submit applications. Although the application was open to all state parties, committee members said they’d give preference to competitive