Update: Democrats eye February for 2016 kick-off
May 2nd, 2014
04:10 PM ET
8 months ago

Update: Democrats eye February for 2016 kick-off

Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a proposal that cleared a major hurdle Friday at a Democratic National Committee meeting here in the nation’s capital.

The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary and be required to do so no later than June 14.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee approved the proposed calendar dates along a unanimous voice vote. The full DNC membership will vote on the measure in August. It was one of several rules and procedures addressed by the Rules committee that will govern how the Democratic Party chooses its next presidential nominee.

The Republican National Committee previously had approved a plan that would allow Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina the right to hold their nominating contests in February 2016, but the GOP did not specify dates.

The decision by national Democrats and Republicans to grant these four states the privileged status in the presidential nominating process is controversial and has drawn resentment from party leaders in some states who see this as an unfair carve-out.

CNN first reported the proposed 2016 Democratic presidential nominating calendar Friday morning.


Filed under: 2016 • DNC • Iowa • Nevada • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar • South Carolina
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Linda

    I hope Jeb Bush doesn't run for president. It would be bad for this country. There is so many negative feelings about his brother. If he got into office there could be another 911. Everytime a Bush is in office, they start a war.

    May 2, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. PaulCat

    get over it republicans
    ____Hillary 2016____

    May 2, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Luc

    please lets get the 2016 election on there way asap. enough of listening to the GOP. Send them home packing like 2012

    May 2, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Chris-E...al

    We heard dems were going to kick off something 6 year ago and boy they did they ever it was a lid to a septic tank and everthing they do stinks and burns your pocket book area . Take that to the bank .

    May 2, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    -kick all rethuglicans send home. Yes, on Hillary16. Period.

    May 2, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. tom l

    All eggs in one basket for the dems.

    May 2, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    --I bet that minimum wage in the eyes of Koch is only 3/ or 1/. These idiots that support GOP are bonded laborers.

    May 2, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. smorkingapple

    To restart this nothingburger over that email is soooo gonna come back to bite these guys in the rear end.

    What exactly is the scandal here? An attack occurred, people died. There was no coverup. This would have had no bearing whatsover on the election. In the fog of war, the initial story was wrong but there is no evidence at all of anything the white house or state dept could have done to stop it.

    May 2, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. smith

    @DM40-The incident with lethal injection was an accident and I think someone should be held accountable. However, I have no remorse for that ghoul. All my fodder aside, have a good wkend mama :)

    May 2, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @I hope
    @Chris-E..al – I hope the Kochs only pay you minimum wage for your posts because your posts are worth nothing. Aren't you tired of being made to look like a fool day in and day out? I guess not. Sorry about your party not giving you a raise though.
    -------
    I enjoy his point by point analysis of the days news and reasoned even-handed criticism, offering hope and solutions to live problems.

    May 2, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |