The Nevada state Senate passed a bill on Monday that will make it the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary for the 2024 election.
The bill passed in a 15-6 vote, following a House vote of 30-11 the previous week. Democrat Gov. Steve Sisolak now only needs to sign the bill to make the act official.
The new law will move Nevada ahead of traditional first state Iowa, as well as New Hampshire as the first primary to become the new first primary state.
In addition, the Associated Press reported, “It would also need the backing of the national political parties to eventually make the change for the 2024 calendar.”
“New Hampshire and Iowa are not really reflections of our entire country. Presidential candidates should look at Nevada as the example of what they should be doing and who they should be talking to,” said Emily Persaud-Zamora, director of Silver State Voices, a Nevada voting advocacy group, according to the AP.
The proposed change from Iowa to Nevada follows a 2020 Iowa caucus that frustrated leaders from both parties. The caucus involved many delays, including an app that did not work correctly, during the COVID-19 restricted event.
President Joe Biden won Nevada’s six electoral votes in the 2020 election. Trump won more counties, though Biden had more overall votes, in the contentious election cycle.
Nevada has made a strategic move regarding the next presidential election. If both party’s approve, the nation will look to the Silver State for early signs of who will run in the 2024 general election.