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What does it take to be first? These states want to replace Iowa on the presidential calendar

  • June 26, 2022
  • 16 states and Puerto Rico pitched the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.
  • The committee will discuss the proposals at a July meeting, before proposing a calendar in August.

WASHINGTON – Democrats have undertaken a massive overhaul of the presidential nominating calendar, fundamentally rethinking the way their party picks presidents in an effort to give voice to underrepresented groups and gain an edge as they seek the White House in 2024 and beyond.

For five decades, Iowa has been the place presidential candidates of every persuasion have traveled as they seek to woo voters and catapult their campaigns into the national limelight. Iowans have enjoyed the outsized attention and elevated status that comes with that place, closely guarding their prized post at the front of the nominating calendar. 

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