Why Biden can’t lose in New Hampshire on Tuesday —  but he also can’t win

Though most eyes on Tuesday will be on the New Hampshire Republican primary, Democrats are holding their breath as President Joe Biden‘s campaign viability is put to the test for the first time. He can’t afford to lose this primary — but he also can’t win.

The situation of the Democratic presidential primary is unprecedented, as it will not officially count for anything. Because the Democratic National Committee replaced the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation status with South Carolina, it will not award delegates to anyone who participates in the unsanctioned primary on Tuesday.

Now, hovering over Biden are two major concerns: losing the primary or losing the legitimacy that his candidacy is as strong as he has boasted.

Biden, under DNC rules, will not appear on the ballot on Tuesday, instead relying on a write-in effort
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