Nevada changes from caucus to primary for presidential elections
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a sweeping law Friday that moves its party presidential selection contest up to the first Tuesday in February in 2024 and changes it from a caucus to a primary.
(CNN)Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a sweeping law Friday that moves its party presidential selection contest up to the first Tuesday in February in 2024 and changes it from a caucus to a primary.
Assembly Bill 126 puts Nevada's new primary near the traditional dates for the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, traditionally a third rail in presidential politics that has caused complications in past elections.
But momentum to change the 2024 calendar has been picking up, both because of the chaos around the 2020 Iowa caucuses and the growing belief from some Democrats that two states with predominately White populations should not be the first states to vote in the Democratic presidential primary.
"I remain confident New Hampshire will retain our first in the nation presidential primary," New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley told CNN Friday.
I believe Democratic candidates have a real opportunity in Iowa to connect with a diverse electorate that includes voters of color and rural working class Americans," Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn said in a statement to CNN.
In addition to changing the nature and date of the contest, the new law requires each county to have 10 days of early voting ahead of the presidential primary.
A joint statement from the GOP leaders of Nevada, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina said, "As the GOP leaders of the four carve out states, we want to make clear that we stand together in protecting the presidential nominating schedule as it has existed for many years.