Argument: Early emphasis on Iowa and New Hampshire disenfranchises minority voters

Issue Report: Primaries in US elections

Supporting Evidence

  • The current system encourages candidates to take anti-minority positions

Abilene Reporter-News, September 19, 2007 “In fact, on some issues — such as immigration reform or affirmative action — candidates are encouraged to take anti-minority positions, just to have a shot at winning the Democratic or Republican nomination. Since they don’t fear a minority backlash in those early primary states, they try to appeal only to white Americans.”