WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, incumbent U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that he will not participate in New Hampshire’s Democratic Primary in 2024.
In a letter from Biden for President Campaign Manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a statement sent to New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, “While the president wishes to participate in the Primary, he is obligated as a Democratic candidate for President to comply with the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2024 Democratic National Convention promulgated by the Democratic National Committee.”
Buckley later released a statement.
“The reality is that Joe Biden will win the New Hampshire First-in-the-Nation Primary in January, win renomination in Chicago and will be re-elected next November. New Hampshire voters know and trust Joe Biden, that’s why he is leading Trump in New Hampshire by double digits.”
Republican New Hampshire Gubernatorial candidate Kelly Ayotte also released a statement.
“New Hampshire is First in the Nation for a reason – Granite Staters take their role in electing presidents seriously, and we do it well. It is clear that Joe Biden lacks the courage to answer the tough questions about his terrible policies that are hurting the Granite State.”
As did New Hampshire Secretary of State David M. Scanlan
“The decision of President Biden to shun the voters of the New Hampshire “First-in-the-Nation” Presidential Primary is not unexpected but still disappointing. Despite all the rhetoric about diversity in the presidential nominating process, this issue is really about who determines the eventual nominee – the national political party or the voters.
New Hampshire remains the one place where ANY United States citizen who is qualified to run for president can attempt to make it happen. Ballot access is extremely easy, and a candidate does not need high name recognition or wealth to run a campaign here. For over 100 years, New Hampshire has represented the purest form of democracy in the presidential nominating process, and we will fight to protect it”
While no date for the First in the Nation Primary has been set as of yet, the filing period ends on Friday.
Ten Democratic candidates and Twenty Republican candidates have filed as of Wednesday. The list can be seen here.