New Iowa Democratic Party Chair Says Iowa Caucuses Still Have A Shot At Being First

Des Moines, Iowa — Newly-elected Iowa Democratic Party chair Rita Hart says there’s still a chance national party leaders will relent and let the Iowa Democratic Party’s Caucuses go first in the 2024 presidential election.

This weekend, the Democratic National Committee is scheduled to vote on a 2024 presidential campaign schedule that would prohibit Iowa Democrats from having Caucuses before any other state holds a Democratic primary.

Hart was elected party chair on Saturday. She made her comments yesterday (Monday) during an online news conference.

Hart, who grew up on a farm near Charles City, says her goal is to put her party’s Caucuses in the best position possible.

Earlier this month a panel of national Democrats chastised New Hampshire Democrats who complained the party’s new election schedule. They say it ignores their state law which requires New Hampshire to hold the nation’s first presidential primary.

Iowa law also requires Democrats and Republicans to hold Caucuses before any other state votes. The Republican National Committee ratified a plan this summer that keeps the Iowa GOP’s Caucuses first as Republicans nominate a presidential candidate in 2024.