In a sign that Democrats may be circling the wagons around President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, the Alaska Democratic Party is asking its members whether the party should ditch the traditional state primary contest, cut out any challengers, and simply award all its national delegate votes to Biden.
In August, the Alaska Democratic Party will send 17 pledged delegates to Chicago for the Democratic National Convention, where the party will officially select its nomination for president.
Under current party rules, the Alaska delegates would be pledged to certain candidates based off the results of a statewide party primary, which is set to occur on April 6 if viable challengers to Biden meet the requirements to appear on a party primary.
Alaska isn’t the only state where Democrats are attempting to block potential challengers to Biden.
Those requirements are fairly straight forward. According to party rules a presidential candidate can appear on the Democratic primary ballot by simply filing a statement of candidacy, paying the filing fee, certifying the name of their authorized representative, and submitting an “affirmative action plan” to help achieve inclusion goals.
According to the Alaska Democrat’s 2024 plan for assigning delegates to the national convention in Chicago, if more than two presidential candidates meet the requirements for ballot access, the party will utilize ranked choice voting on party primary ballots, and then divide the national delegate votes in accordance with how well each candidate performs. Candidates who achieve at least 15% of the primary vote will secure delegate votes for the national convention that reflect this performance.
In what appears to an effort to squeeze out any competition for Biden, the Alaska Democratic Party sent out a Jan. 5 email asking members to participate in survey asking whether the party should change the primary rules to favor Biden by preemptively allocating all 17 pledged Alaska delegates to Biden without holding a traditional primary.
ALASKA WATCHMAN DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX
“Do you support allocating Alaska’s pledged delegates to incumbent Commander-in-Chief Joe Biden (who we note is doing a fabulous job and we wholly support) or holding a Party-Run Primary to determine delegate allocation for the national convention?!?!” the notice asked.
The survey then questioned Alaska Democrats about who they might prefer other than President Biden.
“If you had to pick a “viable” candidate other than Biden from the following Democratic presidential hopefuls today, who would you choose?” the survey asked, before listing the following alternative choices:
— Dean Phillips
— Marianne Williamson
— There is no viable candidate except for Biden!
Alaska isn’t the only state where Democrats are attempting to block potential challengers to Biden. According to a recent article by ABC News many of Biden’s most viable Democratic challengers having difficulty getting onto state ballots.
“Rep. Dean Phillips, author Marianne Williamson and progressive commentator Cenk Uygur have encountered roadblocks in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Massachusetts – which they allege without evidence have been placed, at least in part, by the national Democratic Party, or even the president himself as part of a broader conspiracy between the ‘party elites’ and state chapters to bend the process in Biden’s favor,” ABC reported.