Key Iowan Talks About Defending Iowa Caucuses’ First-In-The-Nation Position

Statewide, Iowa — The Iowan who’s on the panel that will decide if Iowa’s Democratic Party Caucuses go first in 2024 says Iowa is key to winning the Presidency.

Scott Brennan is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel. It meets in early December to discuss which states vote first as the party picks its 2024 presidential nominee.

Brennan says there’s a basic argument for keeping the traditional line-up of early voting in Iowa, then in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The Democratic nominee has won the popular vote in seven of the last eight elections, but US President is determined by electoral vote, rather than a popular vote.

As the kick-off event of past presidential elections, Brennan says the Iowa Caucuses have given candidates a way to connect with rural, working class voters.

The delayed results from the party’s 2020 Caucuses results put Iowa Democrats in what Brennan describes as “a bit of a pickle,” but he emphasizes the party is abandoning its complicated caucus night rules and will instead use a mail-in system to determine who wins the 2024 Caucuses.

President Biden could be a wildcard as national party leaders gear up for a decision that may change the presidential nominating process. Biden, who says he intends to seek reelection, has not publicly said whether he favors changes.

If the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee recommends changes, it will then be up to the full Democratic National Committee to ratify the new plan in late February or early March. That would give the party less than a year to plan for a new system. Brennan made his comments on this weekend’s “Iowa Press” on Iowa PBS.



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