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Democratic senator says DNC made terrible mistake by changing primary calendar

By Mandy Donalds
January 22, 2024

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire expressed strong disapproval of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) decision to rearrange the 2024 primary calendar.

The DNC's reshuffle has positioned South Carolina as the inaugural primary state, supplanting New Hampshire's long-held status, as The Hill reported,

Support for Write-in Campaign

Hassan conveyed her sentiments during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.

She said, "Well, what we're seeing on the ground in New Hampshire right now is the passion and commitment to democracy that is one of the hallmarks of our state."

Despite the DNC's guidance, which leaves President Joe Biden off the New Hampshire ballot, a group of voters have initiated a write-in campaign for him.

Hassan highlighted this development as a testament to the strong support Biden enjoys in the state, particularly for his bipartisan efforts that resonate with independent voters.

She stated, "So even though the DNC made a terrible decision, we see strong energy for a write-in Joe Biden campaign, because Joe Biden has done what independent voters in New Hampshire have asked, which is worked across the aisle to deliver important bipartisan results to the people of our country."

Impact on the Democratic Primary Race

The change in the primary schedule has significant implications for the Democratic nomination process.

While New Hampshire's primary will follow South Carolina and Nevada, its results will not count towards the nomination due to non-compliance with DNC rules.

This leaves candidates like Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota and author Marianne Williamson on the ballot, though they trail significantly behind Biden in polls.

Hassan emphasized the robust support for Biden in New Hampshire despite the DNC's decision.

She said, "So, at the end of the day, that's what the choice is, and that's what New Hampshire Democrats know, and that's why we're seeing really good energy on the ground for a write-in campaign."

Voter Suppression Claims

In October, the Biden campaign notified New Hampshire Democrats that they would not be filing to be on the ballot, and President Biden has not engaged in campaign activities within the state, CNN reported.

During a debate in Manchester earlier this month, Phillips and Williamson both expressed their belief that Biden is not a viable candidate for a general election and that the national party is suppressing voters' participation in the 2024 Democratic primary.

Phillips accused the party of committing a "terrible mistake" based on the write-in campaign's emergence.

He said, "The fact that the president is not here, the fact that the Democratic Party is telling everybody this is meaningless, but yet they're doing the write-in campaign and have a super PAC set up here."

"I think that is all you need to know," Phillips concluded.