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Nevada looks to shake up presidential primary calendar ahead of 2024

Nevada’s labor movement has also served as another key part of the argument for why it should be the first presidential primary state. The Culinary Union, in particular, serves as a critical campaign apparatus in the state; in the lead-up to the midterms, the Culinary Union knocked on more than 1 million doors. Additionally, 450 canvassers contacted more than half of Black and Latino voters and more than a third of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters across the state. 

“In Nevada what we did was make sure there was a strong economic message that we thought working-class voters reacted to — about housing, cost of living,” said Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union.

“I think Nevada should be first in the nation because they have the best opportunity to be able to develop and deliver that message, and that’s the winning message across the country, not just in the bluer states,” he said. 

Advocates for Nevada to be a first-in-the-nation state also tout the state’s voting rights protections and access, citing vote by mail, early voting, automatic voter registration and same-day voting. 

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