Attorney General Dana Nessel at “Solidarity Sunday” at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Sept. 22, 2019 | Andrew Roth
In a Twitter exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel slyly suggested that Michigan would be a better choice to vote first in presidential elections than Iowa or New Hampshire.
Granholm tweeted Monday night that she is “frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum,” referring to the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
I’m frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum. If a state w/larger POC vote went 1st & 2d, the narrative might be totally different. Maybe not, but IMO the state lineup is an example of [unintentional] racial bias. Ds must fix.
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) February 11, 2020
Iowa has been the first state in the country to vote since 1972, and is notable for its complex caucusing process. Final results from the Feb. 3 caucuses weren’t released for days, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg eking out a win over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The state is also significantly less diverse than many states; a little over 90% of Iowans are white.
Historically, many candidates who don’t do well in the first two states drop out shortly after.
In her tweet, Granholm goes on to surmise that if states with more people of color went first and second in the voting process, “the narrative might be totally different.” She adds that either way, “the state lineup is an example of [intentional] racial bias” that Democrats “must fix.”
Quote-tweeting Granholm, Nessel said: “Like maybe a state with a more sizable population of POC, that also had a mixture of big cities, rural areas and suburbs, that was also more reflective of the Dems union culture, and maybe even had an upper peninsula. If only such a place existed…”
Like maybe a state with a more sizable population of POC, that also had a mixture of big cities, rural areas and suburbs, that was also more reflective of the Dems union culture, and maybe even had an upper peninsula. If only such a place existed… https://t.co/sXtd8qO6zR
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) February 11, 2020
Michigan has a white population of about 78%, according to the most recent data.
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