WASHINGTON — The powerful one-two punch wielded by Iowa and New Hampshire in picking the nation's president would lose some of its clout under a recommendation made Saturday by a panel of Democrats to involve more states in the early voting.
The recommendation, motivated in part by a desire to get more minority voters involved early, would add one or two caucuses after Iowa's but before New Hampshire's leadoff primary.
The proposal, which would need to be approved by the Democratic National Committee in April, also would add primaries in one or two states after New Hampshire but before the calendar opens up on Feb. 5.
The states would need to be ethnically diverse and from different areas of the country. Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, as well as other small states with diverse populations, could be in the running.
New Hampshire has promised to fight the proposal.