Biden will not appear in the New Hampshire primary. This is why.

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President Joe Biden will be the first sitting White House occupant in history not to appear on his party’s primary ballot in New Hampshire early next year.

The president’s re-election campaign informed New Hampshire Democrats on Tuesday in a letter obtained by CBS News from Biden campaign officials that while he would like to appear on the ballot, Mr. Biden “is obligated as the Democratic candidate to president to carry out the selection of delegates”. Rules for the 2024 Democratic National Convention” put in place earlier this year.

According to a primary calendar proposed for the first time by the president himself, South Carolina It will be the first state to hold a primary that will award delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next year.

New Hampshire fell further behind the party’s schedule, but state law requires New Hampshire to host the nation’s first primary. State Democrats were unable to convince state legislators to repeal the Granite State statute, but they also did not try very hard, as they did not agree with the DNC’s decision. Anyone running in the January Democratic primary will not receive delegates from the Democratic National Committee.

New Hampshire’s presidential candidate filing deadline is Friday, and Republican presidential contenders have been traveling to the state Capitol to apply in person and pay the $1,000 filing fee. Biden’s potential primary rivals, including Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, who has not publicly ruled out a primary run after raising the idea amid his concerns about the president’s age, still have time.

But Biden’s team doesn’t seem worried.

Biden campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodríguez wrote in her letter to New Hampshire Democrats: “The President looks forward to having his name on the New Hampshire general election ballot as the Democratic Party candidate after officially securing the nomination at the 2024 Democratic National Convention, where we will campaign tirelessly to win every single vote in the Granite State next November.”

New Hampshire State Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley tweeted in response to the president’s decision: “The reality is that Joe Biden will win the NH FITN primary in January, get a new nomination in Chicago, and be re-elected next November.” “NH voters know and trust Joe Biden, which is why he leads Trump in NH by double digits.”

Jacob Rosen contributed to this report.

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