“Before the not-so-subtle trips to the first voting states or the string of announcements from 2024 presidential hopefuls, a drawn-out clash is dividing the four early states down the middle. In Nevada, Demo Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson introduced a bill last week to position the state at the front of the line. The maneuver could erode the decade-long détente between the privileged four, which wield outsize influence over the nominating contests, with Nevada and South Carolina angling for the top two positions occupied for nearly half a century by Iowa and New Hampshire.”
“‘I think that South Carolina and Nevada should be the first two,’ said former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democratic power broker who is the driving force behind the concerted push in Nevada. He would be ‘satisfied,’ he said, if either Nevada or South Carolina claimed the top spot, even if that means his home state landed in second – a signal that along with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who shares Reid’s interest in moving up South Carolina’s primary, the two states could work in tandem to displace Iowa and New Hampshire. ‘Those states are not representative of what’s going on in 90% of the rest of the country,’ Reid continued. ‘Just because you’ve done something in the past, doesn’t mean you should do it in the future'” – ABC News.