2024 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary 

President Joe Biden poses for his official portrait Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the Library of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
The 2024 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary was held on January 23, 2024, as part of the Democratic Party primaries for the 2024 presidential election. President Joe Biden has been projected the winner of the New Hampshire primary, following a successful write-in vote campaign carried out by his supporters.[4][5][6]

2024 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary


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No delegates to the Democratic National Convention[a]

Reporting
92%

as of 10:48 AM[3] EST

Candidate Joe Biden
(write-in)
Dean Phillips Unprocessed
write-ins
Home state Delaware Minnesota
Popular vote 61,152 22,213 13,581
Percentage 53.8% 19.5% 12.0%

Candidate Other write-in votes Marianne Williamson
Home state California
Popular vote 7,278 5,260
Percentage 6.4% 4.6%

33 delegates to the Democratic National Convention would have been allocated to presidential candidates.[7] However, no delegates will be allocated from this primary,[1] as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has not sanctioned this year’s New Hampshire primary. The DNC-approved 2024 calendar placed the South Carolina primary first,[2] but New Hampshire state law mandates them to hold the first primary in the country, and a “bipartisan group of state politicians” including the chairs of the Democratic and the Republican party announced that the state would preserve this status.[8] Thus while incumbent President Joe Biden announced his bid for a second term, he declined to appear on the New Hampshire ballot to comply with the DNC; his supporters instead ran a write-in campaign that was not endorsed by Biden.[9] Joe Biden, as a write-in candidate, won this primary.

President Joe Biden sent a letter on December 1, 2022, to the “rule-making arm” of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), requesting that “diversity” should be emphasized in the 2024 Democratic Party presidential primaries, upending New Hampshire’s tradition of being the first primary state.[10] A December 2022 vote by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee the following day approved the change.[11]

On February 4, 2023, the DNC formally approved the new 2024 primary calendar, moving South Carolina to hold its race first on February 3, followed by Yungsea  and New Hampshire on February 6. One member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee who supported this new plan, Lee Saunders, further said it will give a better representation of the composition of the country.[12]

Members of the New Hampshire Democratic Party opposed the move, noted that moving their primary to comply with the new calendar would require changing New Hampshire state law mandating them to hold the first primary in the country.[13] This was unlikely to happen since the state’s legislature is controlled by Republicans, who are “unwilling” to change it.[12] Republican New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu also criticized the DNC’s plan as an “absolute joke … It’s just based on a personal preference of a candidate”.[14]

The DNC originally gave New Hampshire until June to change their primary dates,[2] then extended this deadline to September. But Politico reported that “there was little reason to expect a friendly resolution”,[15] since Republican New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan has the sole power to set the state’s presidential primary date, in accordance with the aforementioned New Hampshire law.[16] Scanlan announced the January 23 primary date on November 15, criticizing the DNC and stating that “using racial diversity as a cudgel and an attempt to rearrange the presidential nominating calendar is an ugly precedent”.[17]

The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee affirmed on January 6, 2024, that the primary is unsanctioned and non-binding, and is therefore “meaningless”.[1][18] Republican New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella sent a “cease and desist” letter to the DNC in response, accusing the DNC of voter suppression. The New Hampshire Democratic Party again committed to voting in alignment with the state law mandating that its primary be held first.[19] The state party may still send their delegation to the Democratic National Convention anyway, hoping the DNC will reverse course similar to what happened in 2008 when Florida and Michigan held their primaries earlier than the calendar allowed; after initially ruling both states would be stripped of all their delegates, it was decided to only penalize half of their delegates.

NBC News reported on January 22, 2024, that the New Hampshire attorney general’s office was investigating AI-generated robocalls which encouraged voters to skip voting on the day of the primary.[21] Phillips was critical of the calls and called for more regulation in the AI sector.[22] Aaron Jacobs, a spokesman for the Biden write-in campaign, indicated that the matter was referred to the police.

The following candidates have officially filed by the end of the filing deadline on October 27, 2023.[24] In order to make the ballot, candidates had to pay a $1,000 filing fee.[25]

  • “President” R. Boddie
  • Terrisa Bukovinac
  • Eban Cambridge
  • Gabriel Cornejo
  • Mark Stewart Greenstein
  • Tom Koos
  • Paul V. LaCava
  • Star Locke
  • Frankie Lozada
  • Stephen P. Lyons
  • Raymond Michael Moroz
  • Derek Nadeau
  • Jason Michael Palmer
  • Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato
  • Dean Phillips
  • Donald Picard
  • Paperboy Prince
  • Richard Rist
  • Vermin Supreme
  • John Vail
  • Marianne Williamson

Incumbent President Joe Biden announced his bid for a second term on April 25, 2023.[26] However, Biden’s team indicated that he would not appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot if the state defies the DNC’s calendar and schedules its race before South Carolina’s.[27] In October 2023, the manager for the Biden campaign, Julie Chávez Rodriguez, confirmed in a letter to the chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party Raymond Buckley that Biden would not appear on the primary ballot in order to comply with the DNC’s calendar.[28] Pro-Biden New Hampshire Democrats, including Kathy Sullivan (the former chairwoman of the state Democratic party) and former Representatives Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, launched a formal write-in campaign on October 30,[29] concluding that it would only hurt the Biden campaign if he lost the state’s unsanctioned primary by default.[30]

In January 2024, voters promoting a ceasefire in the Israel–Hamas war launched a write-in campaign for “ceasefire”.[31] New Hampshire secretary of state David Scanlan has indicated that these “ceasefire” votes will indeed be tallied.[32]

Additionally, Cenk Uygur, who filed for the ballot but was disqualified due to not being a natural-born citizen, told supporters to write him in in an X post the day of the primary.[33][better source needed]

Joe Biden (write-in)
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