Caucuses – requiring voters to choose in public, to spend significant amounts of time to caucus, disadvantaging hourly workers and anyone who does not have the flexibility to go to a set location at a set time – are inherently anti-participatory. It should be our party’s goal to rid the nominating process of restrictive, anti-worker caucuses.
Nonetheless, he was blowing smoke up our posterior when he wrote (typed?)
For decades, Black voters in particular have been the backbone of the Democratic Party but have been pushed to the back of the early primary process. We rely on these voters in elections but have not recognized their importance in our nominating calendar. It is time to stop taking these voters for granted, and time to give them a louder and earlier voice in the process.
Too often over the past fifty years, candidates have dropped out or had their candidacies marginalized by the press and pundits because of poor performances in small states early in the process before voters of color cast a vote. As I said then, 99.9% of Black voters had not had the chance to vote at that point, and 99.8% of Latino voters had not had the opportunity. That is unacceptable in 2024 and it must change.
Now, for the inconvenient facts:
Who won the black vote in the Democratic presidential primary?
|2016||Hillary Clinton (won 77 percent of the black vote)||Hillary Clinton|
|2008||Barack Obama (82 percent)||Barack Obama|
|2004||John Kerry (56 percent)||John Kerry|
|2000||Al Gore (86 percent)||Al Gore|
|1992||Bill Clinton (70 percent)||Bill Clinton|
|1988||Jesse Jackson (92 percent)||Michael Dukakis|
|1984||Jesse Jackson (77 percent)||Walter Mondale|
|1980||Ted Kennedy (45 percent)||Jimmy Carter|
In a letter Thursday to the rule-making arm of the Democratic National Committee, Biden did not mention specific states he’d like to see go first. But he has told Democrats he wants South Carolina moved to the first position, according to three people familiar with his recommendation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.