DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats are poised to strip Iowa of its traditional lead-off spot in the presidential nominating calendar in 2024, part of a broader effort to better reflect the party’s deeply diverse electorate by allowing less overwhelmingly white states to vote first.The Democratic National Committee's rule-making arm had planned to recommend on Friday which states should be the first four to vote, while considering adding a fifth before Super Tuesday, when a large number of states hold primary elections. But it delayed the decision until after November's election, lest it become a distraction affecting Democrats in key congressional races.Still, the position of Iowa's caucus remains precarious after technical glitches sparked a 2020 meltdown.
More than a decade of complaints that caucus rules requiring in-person attendance serve to limit participation are reaching crescendo. That's ignited a furious push for the No.
1 position between New Hampshire, which now goes second but traditionally kicks off primary voting, and Nevada, a heavily Hispanic state looking to jump from third to first."I fully expect that Iowa will be replaced," said Julián Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and federal housing chief. "And that the primary calendar will be reordered to better reflect the diversity of the Democratic Party and of the country."Castro isn't on the rules committee but has criticized Iowa being first since his 2019 presidential run.
A Democratic National Committee spokesperson said the rules committee "is conducting a thorough process" and will continue to "let it play out."Iowa has survived previous challenges and may do so again, especially given that the final decision won't come for months. It argues that,
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