Nevada, along with a handful of other states, is vying to be the first state in a redesigned presidential nomination calendar in 2024 and beyond after the Democratic National Committee restarted the process earlier this year. Dozens of states applied for inclusion on the early state lineup—currently Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina—as the DNC sought to further diversify its early state list.
“The voters that make up our electorate represent the future of the Democratic Party if we are to win national elections: working-class Latinos, blacks, Asians, Native Americans and white voters,” Lambe’s memo continued. “Nevada looks like America — and Nevada, coming first, will help Democrats win future presidential elections more than any other state under consideration.”
The memo will be distributed Tuesday night to “interested parties and decision-makers,” including members of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, according to a source familiar with the Nevada Democrats’ plans. The rules committee tasked with shaking up the calendar is meeting in Washington, DC December 1-3, where a proposal for the main 2024 calendar is expected to be presented.
Her memo made implied shots of two other states considered for first place: New Hampshire and Michigan.
Lambe did not name her, but she noted in the section titled “The State That Comes First” that “if we disproportionately focus on a state with more educated, more affluent and less representative voters, we are setting our party up for a long-term.” failure before.”
New Hampshire, which is holding the nation’s first primary in decades and is trying to overtake Iowa, is significantly whiter and has a higher concentration of college-educated voters.
Michigan, meanwhile, dramatically increased its chances of jumping in the early window by flipping its state legislature and re-electing Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It would take new state law to move the primary date there. But it’s a larger state that has never held an early presidential primary.
“If we bet on a state that is too big and risky to begin with, we could skew the entire early window and undermine the main calendar,” Lambe wrote.
Much of Lambe’s memo focused on how Nevada fits into the DNC’s own criteria for the states it wants in the early window. She argued that Nevada was the most diverse state – racially, economically, and regionally. It’s also a thoroughly competitive battleground state with broad, accessible electoral laws.
And it has a small population, which she said would provide “an early test without breaking the bank and a level playing field for all types of candidates” to run for president.
Lambe, who along with Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen led the prosecution for Nevada’s uprising, was for decades the late Senator Harry Reid’s top political lieutenant in the state.