Joe Biden Confronts a Weakened Coalition

President Joe Biden greets staff and patrons at Regal Lounge, a men's barbershop and spa, in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 27, 2024. (Photo by KENT NISHIMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

Today, Joe Biden is getting what he asked for, but maybe not what he hoped.

The president took the extraordinary step of pushing his party to blow up its long-standing primary calendar that favored very white northern states, Iowa (90 percent white) and New Hampshire (93 percent white), over states with significant minority populations like Nevada (30 percent Hispanic) and Michigan (14 percent black).

But Biden starts his official progress to the nomination right where he wanted to be, with today’s Democratic primary in South Carolina (26 percent black). Biden couched his proposal in the language of racial inclusion, saying that Democrats had to “ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee.” 

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