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No Biden on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Ballot, Featuring 24 Republicans and 21 Democrats

by Sophia Chen
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New Hampshire presidential primary

The window for filing as a presidential candidate in the New Hampshire primary has officially closed, as confirmed by the state’s secretary of state’s office. This marks the conclusion of a notably high-profile and eventful registration period.

Two weeks before withdrawing his candidacy, former Vice President Mike Pence was uniquely spotlighted by his own studio lighting as he enrolled for the unscheduled Republican race to be held next year. Conversely, former President Donald Trump’s team removed reserved markers for local media, prioritizing his campaign’s photographer.

Interestingly, President Joe Biden opted not to register for the Democratic primary, citing ongoing changes to the nominating calendar by the Democratic National Committee. Instead, Biden will focus on a write-in campaign. Despite this, the Democratic side will not lack options. U.S. Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota declared his candidacy and registered on the last day of the filing period, while self-help author Marianne Williamson submitted her paperwork on October 12.

The finalized candidate list includes 21 Democrats and 24 Republicans, a rather standard number for New Hampshire, a state with one legislator for every 3,400 residents. For context, the 2020 primary featured 33 Democratic and 17 Republican candidates. The record was set in 1992 when 61 candidates appeared on the ballot.

To qualify for the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot, a candidate need only submit a Declaration of Candidacy and pay a filing fee of $1,000, resulting in a typically crowded field. Secretary of State David Scanlan remarked, “New Hampshire serves as a platform where lesser-known candidates can attempt to realize their presidential ambitions.”

The diverse roster of candidates includes Republican Rachel Swift, who promotes a platform that includes the legalization of marijuana and prostitution, along with reengineering Ford Focus cars to last 30 years and a million miles. On the Democratic side, Terissa Bukovinac aims to give prominence to pro-life Democrats, advocating the prohibition of abortion.

The Republican ballot will also feature six other candidates who recently qualified for the latest debate: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and business entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

For over a century, New Hampshire has maintained its status as the host of the nation’s first presidential primary. This status is fortified by state law, which empowers the secretary of state to set the primary date at least a week before any similar event. In 2024, New Hampshire will contravene a new Democratic primary calendar, led by South Carolina on February 3 and followed by Nevada three days later.

This change, initiated at President Biden’s behest, aims to give greater voice to Black and minority voters. However, Secretary of State Scanlan argues that no state perfectly mirrors the national demographic landscape. New Hampshire merits its primary position for a variety of reasons, including its politically balanced electorate, modest geographical size, and engaged voter base, he said.

“Regardless of whether a candidate is currently or formerly the President or even a lesser-known contender, they will be treated with respect and courtesy by New Hampshire voters,” added Scanlan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about New Hampshire presidential primary

What is the main focus of this text?

The main focus of the text is to provide a comprehensive overview of the New Hampshire presidential primary filing period for the year 2024, highlighting the number of Democratic and Republican candidates who have filed to participate. The text also emphasizes the absence of President Joe Biden from the Democratic ballot and the implications of changes in the Democratic primary calendar on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status.

How many Democrats and Republicans are on the New Hampshire primary ballot?

There are 21 Democrats and 24 Republicans who have filed to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot.

Why is President Joe Biden not on the Democratic ballot?

President Joe Biden has opted not to register for the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, citing ongoing changes to the nominating calendar by the Democratic National Committee. He will be focusing on a write-in campaign instead.

What are the requirements to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot?

To be eligible for the New Hampshire primary ballot, a candidate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy and pay a $1,000 filing fee.

What changes are being made to the Democratic primary calendar?

Changes to the Democratic primary calendar have been initiated at President Biden’s behest, aiming to give greater voice to Black and minority voters. South Carolina is now scheduled to lead off the presidential primary voting on February 3, followed by Nevada three days later.

Who are some of the lesser-known candidates mentioned?

Republican Rachel Swift is advocating for the legalization of marijuana and prostitution, as well as reengineering Ford Focus cars to last 30 years and a million miles. Democrat Terissa Bukovinac is pushing for her party to join the effort to outlaw abortion.

How has New Hampshire managed to maintain its first-in-the-nation status for its primary?

New Hampshire has held onto its status thanks to state law, which gives the secretary of state the sole authority to set the primary date, mandating it to be at least a week before any similar event.

What are the arguments for New Hampshire retaining its first-in-the-nation status?

Secretary of State David Scanlan argues that New Hampshire deserves to maintain its primary position for several reasons: It has a politically balanced electorate, a modest geographical size, and an engaged voter base.

More about New Hampshire presidential primary

  • New Hampshire Secretary of State: Official Filing Information
  • Democratic National Committee: Changes to the 2024 Nominating Calendar
  • List of Candidates for New Hampshire 2024 Primary
  • Historical Overview of New Hampshire Primaries
  • New Hampshire State Law on Presidential Primaries
  • South Carolina’s New Role in the 2024 Democratic Primary
  • Nevada’s Position in the 2024 Democratic Primary Schedule
  • Profile of Lesser-Known Candidates in the New Hampshire Primary
  • Voter Turnout Statistics in New Hampshire Primaries

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9 comments

Jane Smith October 30, 2023 - 1:49 am

Interesting how New Hampshire still holds onto its first-in-nation status. Like, how have they managed that for over a century? Kudos.

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Mark Williams October 30, 2023 - 2:00 am

Rachel Swift’s platform though—legalizing marijuana and prostitution and making Ford Focus cars last a million miles? Now that’s a mix of policy goals lol.

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Aaron Lee October 30, 2023 - 2:39 am

So Biden’s betting it all on a write-in campaign? risky move but maybe he knows what he’s doing.

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Laura Kim October 30, 2023 - 3:23 am

Why are we still stuck with this outdated system? Needs a complete overhaul if you ask me.

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Samantha Clarke October 30, 2023 - 6:16 am

always wondered how you get on a primary ballot. just a grand and a form, huh? Lower than I thought.

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Tim Johnson October 30, 2023 - 6:50 am

Man, politics never stops being surprising. New Hampshire’s like the wild west of early presidential primaries.

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Emily Davis October 30, 2023 - 8:23 am

So many candidates, it’s kinda overwhelming. but it’s cool how NH gives lesser-known folks a shot at the big leagues.

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Mike O'Donnell October 30, 2023 - 8:34 am

Terissa Bukovinac’s pro-life stance in a Democratic primary is gutsy, to say the least. Wonder how that’ll play out.

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John Doe October 30, 2023 - 8:51 am

Wow, no Biden on the ballot? That’s a big move. Guess the DNC changes really shook things up.

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