US President Joe Biden has asked Democratic leaders for the first primary election for the party’s nomination for the country’s 2024 presidential election to begin in the state of South Carolina, instead of in Iowa, as is tradition, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter said.
Biden has approved a plan that would see the South Carolina race followed a week later by votes in New Hampshire and Nevada, then Georgia and Michigan, Democratic sources said.
That means Iowa is likely to lose a position the state has held for more than four decades after technical problems marred the results of the 2020 primary. Another argument is the desire to start the race in a state with a more diverse population.
South Carolina is of particular importance to Biden, as his victory in the state’s 2020 primary election launched his victorious campaign for the Democratic nomination, Reuters noted.