The 17 states and territories in contention are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
In April, the rules committee voted to reopen the presidential nominating window, forcing all interested states — including the current early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — to apply for their slot. The move came after the current lineup of states came under increasing fire for a lack of diversity and, especially, poor execution of the caucuses in Iowa in 2020.
Regarding New York, the co-chairs wrote that they were worried about the state’s “size, the cost of campaigning there, its profile as a ‘solid blue state,’ and concerns that it would be impossible to counterbalance the disproportionate number of urban voters it would introduce into the pre-window period.”
“While there are other large states to which these concerns apply, none of the others introduce all of these issues together,” the memo continues.
Nebraska, a Republican-controlled state, had proposed switching to a party-run primary to circumvent the GOP legislature, but that would “create confusion by rendering the state-run process meaningless despite Democrats being on the ballot,” the memo says. And of Democrats Abroad, the co-chairs said the logistics would be too complicated.