There is value to early caucuses and primaries. We need candidates who can do retail politics. These are small states (the number of members of congress is a clue to how small they are.
The first four – in order: Iowa’s caucus, New Hampshire’s primary, Nevada’s caucus, South Carolina’s primary.
Nevada and South Carolina were added because Iowa and New Hampshire were too white. There is a difference between the first two and the second two:
- Iowa is 91% white
- has four members of congress
- New Hampshire is 94% white.
- has two members of congress
As for the second two
- Nevada is 51% non-Hispanic white
- has three members of congress
- South Carolina is 67% white
- Has seven members of congress
The early states are still overwhelmingly white. Let’s pair them and see what diversity we can get.
- Iowa, 91% white
- Nevada, 51% non-Hispanic white
- New Hampshire, 94% white
- South Carolina, 67% white (SC primary is on a Saturday, perhaps it could be the Saturday after New Hampshire’s Tuesday)
- North Dakota, 80% non-Hispanic white, 1 member of congress
- Hawaii, 27% white, 2 members of congress
- Wyoming, 91% white, 1 member of congress
- New Mexico, 28% non-Hispanic white, 3 members of congress