New Hampshire’s attorney general fires off cease and desist letter to DNC over ‘deceptive’ comments on primary

New Hampshire's Republican attorney general is accusing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) of “false, deceptive and misleading” statements about the state's first-ever presidential primary.

And Ray Buckley, the longtime chairman of the state Democratic Party, responded to Attorney General John Formella's move on Monday, saying, “Most baseball fans support the Boston Red Sox, and their rival New York… “In New Hampshire, which despises the Yankees, you can definitely say that.” The DNC is not as popular as the NY Yankees. ”

In a Jan. 5 letter sent to Buckley by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, which oversees the party's nominating calendar, Formella reminded local Democrats that the next presidential primary will be held in New Hampshire. It directed state party chairmen to inform them, citing a violation of the national party's 2024 regulations. Nominating a calendar is “pointless.”

The state attorney general said rendering the primary meaningless violates New Hampshire's voter suppression law.

New Hampshire upholds tradition and slams Biden and NDP

The sign outside the New Hampshire State Capitol in Concord honors the state's cherished century-old tradition of holding the nation's first presidential primary in the race for the White House. (Fox News – Paul Steinhauser)

The development is the latest in a family feud that has been going on for more than a year between the DNC and Democrats in the state that has hosted the first White House primary in a century.

For years, Democrats have looked at Iowa (whose caucuses marked the beginning of a 50-year nominating calendar for both major parties) and New Hampshire as states with large white populations and few major metropolitan areas. They have been excluded because they do not represent the entire party. Nevada and South Carolina, which have voted third and fourth in recent elections, are much more diverse than Iowa or New Hampshire. Nevada and South Carolina were added to the Democratic Party's calendar about 20 years ago to increase the diversity of the early states' electors.

New Hampshire Democratic Party, Biden rebels against Democrats during primary election schedule

Republicans have not made any major changes to the date, but the Democratic National Committee last year overwhelmingly approved President Biden's proposed date to move South Carolina to the top spot on February 3. New Hampshire and Nevada were scheduled to hold primaries three days later. Iowa completely lost its status as an early state. The president and supporters of the new calendar argued that it would empower minority voters whom Democrats have long trusted and sometimes taken for granted.

But New Hampshire has a law in place for nearly half a century that requires the first presidential primary to be held a week earlier than similar races.

To follow the DNC, New Hampshire would have had to become the first state in the nation to repeal a state law protecting its primary status and expand access to early voting. But Democrats repeatedly insisted that was not a start, as Republicans control the governor's office and both chambers of the state Legislature.

New Hampshire sets presidential primary date against President Biden and national Democratic Party

New Hampshire Secretary of State Dave Scanlan (left) speaks after setting the date for the nation's first presidential primary in 2024 at the State Capitol in Concord on November 15, 2023. New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu ( center). , New Hampshire (Fox News – Paul Steinhauser)

In November, New Hampshire's secretary of state announced that the state's 2024 presidential primary will be held on January 23, eight days after the Iowa Republican caucuses.

The state faces sanctions from the DNC, which could result in the loss of half of New Hampshire's delegates at next summer's national convention.

And the president's name was removed from New Hampshire's ballots due to an unauthorized primary election. But the Granite State Democratic Party has launched a write-in campaign to avoid election embarrassment for the president as he seeks a second term in the White House.

A letter from the Democratic National Committee last week to Buckley said: “The NHDP acknowledges that January 23rd is a non-binding presidential election event and is meaningless, and that the NHDP and the presidential candidates will not participate. “We need to take steps to educate the public that all measures should be taken to prevent this.”

“No delegates or alternates will be assigned based on the outcome of the events of January 23, 2024,” the DNC added.

In a letter, the state attorney general's office said, “The DNC will not be able to determine whether the DNC will refuse to award delegates to the party's national convention based on the results of the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on January 23, 2024. This New Hampshire election is not “meaningless.” ”

The letter goes on to say that “RBC's statements to the contrary are false, deceptive and misleading,” and that “New Hampshire voters will not be able to participate in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary on January 23, 2024. “This constitutes an attempt to prevent or prevent participation in the event.” ”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley

File photo of longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley in his office at state party headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire. (NHDP)

“State law requires the New Hampshire Secretary of State to conduct the nation's first primary, and the Secretary of State intends to follow the law. Nothing has changed, and we expect ” Democratic turnout on January 23rd was high. ”

Many Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire see Biden's reversal of the lead as a sour note. Biden finished a disappointing fourth in the 2020 Iowa caucuses, fifth in the New Hampshire primary, and then second. His victory in Nevada and a landslide victory in South Carolina propelled him toward the nomination and ultimately the White House.


Biden faces a long-term primary challenge from two Democrats on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Three-term Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, filed a motion with the state Legislature on Oct. 27 to have his name placed on the state's ballot, officially becoming president. He announced his candidacy for the election. The Granite State's ballot also includes another challenger, Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author and spiritual advisor who is running for the White House for the second year in a row.

The 81-year-old president is a strong front-runner for the nomination, but polls show Biden faces serious concerns from Democrats because of his age. These polls also suggest that many Americans, including many Democrats, do not want the president to serve a second term in the White House.

There is concern among Granite State residents that the president and the Democratic National Committee's move to revamp the nominating calendar and his absence from the primary vote could lead to a slump for Biden at the ballot box in New Hampshire.

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