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DNC committee approves making South Carolina first state in its primary calendar

President Joe Biden earlier this week lent his support to the plan, asserting that the current calendar left out many of the party's diverse voters in the early stages.

Published: December 2, 2022 4:07pm

Updated: December 2, 2022 4:13pm

A panel of the Democratic National Committee on Friday backed a proposal that would make South Carolina the first state to hold a primary contest in the party's primary nominating process.

Under the Rules and Bylaws Committee proposal, Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Michigan, would follow soon after South Carolina and precede Super Tuesday, according to CNN. The changes still require confirmation at a full DNC meeting, set to take place next year.

President Joe Biden earlier this week lent his support to the plan, asserting that the current calendar left out many of the party's diverse voters in the early stages.

"Too often over the past fifty years, candidates have dropped out or had their candidacies marginalized by the press and pundits because of poor performances in small states early in the process before voters of color cast a vote," he wrote to the committee.

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