Amid growing concerns over a possible electoral drubbing in the midterm contests, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has decided to delay its decision on whether and how to reorder its state primary calendar for the 2024 presidential battle, as Fox News reports.
According to the outlet, determinations as to whether Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their status as the initial contests of the primary season were slated to be made as early as this coming week, but uncertainty and debate about the strategic wisdom of keeping that lineup continues to plague the process.
A letter to Democrat Party officials from the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee noted that decisions as to which states can obtain so-called carve-out status and hold primaries prior to March of 2024 will not occur until later this year.
The communication noted that the states applying for such a designation are still “answering several final but critical questions regarding election administration and feasibility in their states,” according to Politico.
Though a final determination date was not mentioned in the letter, the committee vowed to “reconvene to update our evaluation of the applicant pool and work toward a final decision to present to the full DNC for a vote, which DNC leadership has assured us they will make happen as soon after the midterm elections as is possible,” the Washington Examiner noted.
That process has involved committee interviews and discussions with representatives of the states seeking to vault themselves into earlier slots in the nominating calendar, with the current list of hopefuls totaling 16 states as well as Puerto Rico.
States still in the running include, according to the Examiner, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington.
Changes to the calendar are not the only adjustment afoot in the next cycle, with the DNC already having required Iowa to change to a primary from its traditional caucus format, largely due to the chaos and uncertainty that followed the one held in 2020 in which declaration of a winner was delayed and a re-canvassing of votes was sought.
While some in the party hierarchy who are wishing for change contend that the conventional first-in-the-nation contests in Iowa and New Hampshire are too rural and too homogeneous to sufficiently reflect the diversity of Democrat voters, such considerations pale in comparison to the extremely vexing electoral corner into which the left has backed itself with its current crop of prospective candidates.