Washington— His reelection campaign said Tuesday that President Joe Biden will not run in the 2024 New Hampshire Democratic primary, defying the White House's new primary procedure.
Biden's reelection campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez wrote to New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley that “while the president wishes to participate in the primary, he is obligated to comply” with party regulations.
Rodriguez wrote, “The president looks forward to having his name on New Hampshire’s general election ballot as the Democratic Party nominee after officially securing the nomination at the 2024 Democratic National Convention, where he will tirelessly campaign to earn every vote in the Granite State next November.
Last year, Biden encouraged the Democratic National Committee to replace Iowa's leadoff caucus with the South Carolina primary in 2024 to empower Black and other minority voters essential to the party's foundation. The DNC adopted a revised 2024 calendar starting with South Carolina's primary on Feb. 3, followed by revised Hampshire and Nevada three days later.
New Hampshire has opposed the proposal, noting that it has always held the nation's first primary, a regulation Iowa only avoided by holding caucuses. Top New Hampshire Democrats say state law requires hosting the nation's first primary, and they'll have one before South Carolina's regardless of the DNC.
The DNC cautioned that an unsanctioned primary might result in consequences, including New Hampshire losing delegates to the 2024 Democratic convention in Chicago. In the interim, New Hampshire voters can write in Biden's name during an unsanctioned primary, and leading Democrats have planned a write-in campaign for the president.
New Hampshire has not scheduled its 2024 primary. Following Chavez's letter, Buckley stated, “The reality is that Joe Biden will win the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary in January, win renomination in Chicago and will be re-elected next November.”
New Hampshire's primary ballot has ignored sitting presidents before Biden. President Lyndon B. Johnson won the state on a write-in in 1968, but Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy's impressive second-place performance prompted him to say he wouldn't run again weeks later.