Nevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary


Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) on Friday officially signed into law a bill that would make the Silver State the first in the nation to hold a presidential primary during a general election year.

The measure, which passed both chambers in the Nevada state legislature last month, would change Nevada’s contest from a caucus to a primary that will be held on the first Tuesday in February.

Despite Sisolak’s Friday signing, the bill will still need to gain the support of national political parties to take effect.

Should the parties not agree to the calendar changes, Nevada state parties could be at risk of losing delegates at presidential nomination conventions, The Associated Press noted Friday.

The official signing, though, could prompt Iowa and New Hampshire, which traditionally hold the first primary elections during a presidential election year, to move up their contests.

Nevada Democrats, including former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have pushed to put Nevada into the first slot, citing in part problems with the Iowa caucuses, especially in 2020.

The 2020 Iowa caucus, which was described as a disaster by many, experienced delayed results due to issues with a new app the Iowa Democratic Party planned to use to report tallies.

Democrats have also argued that Nevada’s diversity more effectively represents the demographics of the U.S. as a whole, compared to Iowa and New Hampshire, whose populations are overwhelmingly white.

During Friday’s bill signing ceremony, Sisolak said, “This brings me great pride, as the diversity and culture found in the people in the great state of Nevada … (Read more)