DNC Officials Warn Delegates Could Be Too White

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October 3, 2023

The Democratic National Committee is reportedly falling short of its delegate diversity goals ahead of its summer 2024 convention.

Senior DNC officials believe that if current trends continue, the makeup of the delegates will be "too white" according to a report from Politico. The officials fear that this shortfall reflects diminished enthusiasm for President Joe Biden’s reelection among black and Hispanic voters.

"We were kind of looking at each other, like, ‘Hey, this number seems to be going in the wrong direction here,’" Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist on the committee, told Politico.

The DNC calculates its diversity targets using a "complex formula" that takes account of "Blacks, Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Indigenous Americans as well as those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ, and young voters, classified as 35 and under."

While President Biden still maintains a large lead among African Americans, his support has dropped from the 91 percent he won in 2020. A recent CBS News poll showed him at 81 percent, while a Quinnipiac poll showed him winning only 72 percent.

The polls also showed decreased support among Hispanics, with Biden winning only 53 and 48 percent respectively.

A recent ABC/Washington Post poll showed former president Donald Trump leading Biden by 6 percentage points among Hispanics, with Biden losing among all voters by 9 points.