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Nevada jockeys to be first on presidential primary calendar

Democrats Early States
Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 19:26:35-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on the presidential primary calendar.

If the move is successful, it would upend decades of political tradition and give a more urban and racially diverse group of voters a greater say in picking the party’s nominee.

Behind-the-scenes lobbying, led by former Sen. Harry Reid, seeks to capitalize on the party’s discontent with Iowa's and New Hampshire’s performances last year.

Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses devolved into a technological and logistical mess, leaving the winner unclear.

New Hampshire's first-in-the-state primary wound up a near tie between two candidates who ultimately lost, while the eventual nominee, now-President Joe Biden, came in fifth.