Democrats could strip Iowa of opening spot in 2024 campaign

Des Moines, IA (AP) — Democrats may be moving toward shaking up their presidential nominating process starting in 2024.

They’re poised to boot Iowa from the lead-off spot as part of a broader effort to allow to go to earlier less overwhelmingly white states that better reflect the party’s diverse electorate. The Democratic National Committee rule-making arm is delaying the decision until after the November midterm election.

But rules committee members say the party is leaning toward having either New Hampshire or Nevada go first – or perhaps on the same day. South Carolina would move from fourth to third.

That’d free up a larger, midwestern state to perhaps go next, with Michigan and Minnesota making strong cases.