NASHUA, New Hampshire — President Joe Biden‘s decision to demote Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two nominating contests in the Democratic primary schedule in favor of South Carolina, the state that saved his 2020 presidential campaign, has become a headache for Democratic voters in the Granite State.
New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan defied Biden and the Democratic National Committee’s rules, setting the state’s primary for Tuesday, due to a 1975 law requiring New Hampshire to hold the nation’s first primary. In retaliation, the DNC will not award delegates to the winner, essentially making the primary meaningless.
“No matter what the Democratic National Committee says, it’s our state law,” Democratic state Sen. David Watters told the Washington Examiner. “We’re going to have the first-in-the-nation primary.”