The Democratic Party approved the reordering of its 2024 presidential primary, changing the location of its first primary election from Iowa to South Carolina. The shift is meant to empower black and other minority voters who are critical to the Democratic base. The new plan, championed by President Joe Biden, would have South Carolina lead off with its primary on February 3rd, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada three days later. Advocating his support for the new primary schedule, party chairman Jaime Harrison said,