Democrats want Colorado to be one of the nation’s first presidential primary states in 2024 – The Durango Herald

The move comes as the Democratic National Committee seeks to take the spotlight away from Iowa and New Hampshire.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren reacts to members of the public during a campaign rally Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Colorado Democratic Party wants to make Colorado one of the national flag bearers for the 2024 presidential primary.

Last week, the state party informed the Democratic National Committee that it intended to seek early presidential primary status in two years, which would likely ensure more and earlier candidate visits to Colorado.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll wrote in a May 5 letter to the DNC’s Rules and Regulations Committee that “presidential candidates would be better equipped to campaign in the rest of the states by listening and learning.” different regions, people and needs”. Colorado.

“We are the new model of American optimism and engagement in the political process,” the letter said, also claiming that Colorado has “some of the most progressive electoral and electoral laws in the nation.”

The DNC is inviting applications from states to become an early nominate or lead state in 2024 in a bid to shift attention away from Iowa and New Hampshire. The Iowa caucus process has been fraught with controversy, and some Democrats question whether either state is truly representative of the Democratic national electorate.

President Joe Biden fared poorly in both states in 2020, for example, before securing the Democratic nomination. Biden has said he plans to run for re-election in 2024, although experts aren’t so sure.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a cheering crowd of thousands at the Colorado Convention Center on Feb. 16, 2020. (Moe Clark/The Colorado Sun)

The DNC’s rules and regulations committee voted last month to start a nomination process to help determine which states should be first to select the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee.

The Colorado Democratic Party believes Colorado deserves a chance to be one of the national flag bearers in 2024.

“Our state represents America’s hope and is unique in its diversity,” said Megan Burns, spokesperson for the Colorado Democratic Party.

Burns said the decision to seek early primary status “was unanimous from all of our Colorado DNC members because we are showing who we are as Democrats and our commitment to connecting with voters and to raise the base”.

Carroll’s letter said Colorado “is a fairly independent state and prominent among its … neighbors,” citing the large number of unaffiliated voters in the state and Colorado’s tendency to become more Democratic over the past year. the last decade.

It’s unclear exactly how the early holding of the Democratic presidential primary in Colorado may affect the Republican presidential primary in the state. It’s possible, if not likely, that the GOP primary will also have to be moved earlier, as unaffiliated voters have the option to vote in either.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks to Zachary Ro, 9, center, of Lone Tree, as Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold attends a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Aurora. The boy quizzed Buttigieg on how to tell people he’s gay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Colorado secretary of state’s office said the national GOP’s position on the timing of Colorado’s presidential primary would likely factor into the decision. The governor of Colorado is ultimately responsible for setting the date for the presidential primary.

Colorado was a Super Tuesday state in 2020, putting it roughly in the middle of the pack in terms of presidential primary timing. As a result, candidate visits were relatively rare. In fact, Biden didn’t even make a public campaign stop in Colorado before the primary.

If Colorado were to have one of the nation’s first presidential primaries, candidates would almost certainly pay more attention to the state.

According to the New York Times, Colorado will have a lot of competition in the pursuit of status at the start of the primary. The newspaper reports that the list of other states that have applied to have one of the nation’s first primaries or nominating processes include:

Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, and Washington.

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