“The new plan jettisons the current set of early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and implements a process that would prioritize diverse battleground states that choose to hold primaries, not caucuses. Under the new structure, states will apply to hold early nominating contests and the rules committee will select up to five that will be allowed to go before Super Tuesday, the first Tuesday in March.”
Which, of course, throws the early stages of the party’s nomination fight wide open. But to be clear, the DNC’s move impacts Iowa the most — for three reasons.
3) Iowa isn’t diverse. One of the Democrats’ main priorities for choosing which states will go first is the diversity of the electorate. Iowa doesn’t have that. More than 90% of its residents are White. (Sidebar: New Hampshire, which will undoubtedly push to keep its status as the first-in-the-nation primary, has an even larger percentage of White residents than Iowa.)