(The Center Square) — South Carolina officially kicks off the Democratic primary season on Saturday after the party rearranged its schedule and replaced Iowa and New Hampshire as the first-in-the-nation states to vote.
The Democratic National Committee rearranged its schedule to make the Palmetto State this year’s first official Democratic primary at President Joe Biden’s urging. Political pundits credit South Carolina voters with propelling Biden to the White House in 2020 after giving him his first primary victory of the season.
When New Hampshire voters went to the polls last month, Biden’s name wasn’t on the ballot. However, the 46th president won the Granite State primary thanks to a write-in campaign.
“The President recognizes that South Carolina voters matter,” South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Christale Spain and South Carolina Executive Director Jay Parmley said in a statement announcing a Jan. 27 First in the Nation