For months, Democratic Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips has been making the argument that Democrats should not nominate President Joe Biden for reelection, arguing that it was time for the 80-year-old president to “pass the torch.” And, for months, Phillips has demurred as to whether he would challenge Biden in a primary.

This Friday, however, all indications are that Phillips will file as a Democratic candidate in New Hampshire. Whether this means he’s planning on a more robust national challenge to the sitting president is an open question. He’s already missed the filing deadline to get on the ballot in Nevada. South Carolina’s filing deadline is right around the corner on Nov. 10.

Moreover, there’s technically no “Democratic primary” in New Hampshire in 2024. The Democratic National Committee, acceding to the wishes of the Biden campaign, made South Carolina, not New Hampshire, the first primary on the 2024 nomination calendar. However, since state law requires New Hampshire to go first, the state will proceed with a contest (likely Jan. 23) a full week ahead of South Carolina’s Feb. 3 date.

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