President Joe Biden will not be on the ballot in New Hampshire, the first primary election of the 2024 cycle, but Democrats from the state say there is a path forward — though a challenging one — for him to still clinch their contest.
Individual Democrats from the Granite State, without the help of their national or state parties, are organizing write-in efforts to get those around the state to still cast votes for the Democratic incumbent.
But they’re doing so begrudgingly. After months of refusing to come into compliance with Democratic National Committee calendar guidelines, Biden’s campaign wrote in a letter to New Hampshire Democrats earlier this week informing them that the president would not be filing in their primary, marking another blow to the state’s standing within the early nominating process.
The president “is obligated as a Democratic candidate for President to comply with the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2024 Democratic National Convention,” the letter, obtained by ABC News, said while noting he “looks forward to having his name on New Hampshire’s general election ballot.”
The first insult, in the eyes of some New Hampshire Democrats, came when the DNC approved in February a 2024 early nominating schedule that begins in South Carolina — the state that jump-started Biden’s campaign in 2020 — and moves New Hampshire to vote concurrently with Nevada as the second primary state in the nation. New Hampshire Democrats have resisted the changes, maintaining that the restructuring breaches state law that asserts New Hampshire must be the first primary in the nation.
“[The write in efforts] has nothing to do with the DNC. It has nothing to do with the Biden campaign, because frankly, we’re all still mad,” said Kathy Sullivan, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, who has been one of the leaders of a robust campaign to organize write-in efforts.