WASHINGTON (AP, QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Democrats have voted to remove Iowa as the leadoff state on the presidential nominating calendar and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024.

The Democratic National Committee’s rule-making arm made the move Friday to strip Iowa from the position it has held for more than four decades after technical meltdowns sparked chaos and marred results of the state’s 2020 caucus.

President Joe Biden argues that the dramatic shakeup, which he endorsed, will better reflect the party’s deeply diverse electorate.

Some South Carolina Democrats hope the move will a huge win for their state and party.

“It’s exciting for not only South Carolina and the Democratic Party, (but) I think it’s also exciting for our reach,” S.C. Democratic Party chair Trav Robertson told QCN.

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Ultimately, they say the decision will help boost the state and region in the national conversation.

“It’s exciting, from not only a political perspective for our region,” Robertson said. “It’s also exciting from an economic perspective for our region.”

South Carolina GOP chairman Drew McKissick was thrilled by the voting.

“It doesn’t matter what Democrats do with their schedule,” McKissick said in a statement to QCN. “South Carolina is proudly First in the South for the Republican primary, and we’re more than satisfied that it will stay that way. The RNC has already voted and our schedule has already been set with no changes.”

Robertson explained that North Carolina likely would share in the benefits of the S.C. decision, too.

“You know, North Carolina and South Carolina share a border, that means that during a general election, campaigns put in infrastructure here,” Roberson added. “They’re using volunteers and resources to come into North Carolina, you’ve got split media markets, obviously.”

As for the Republican National Committee’s Presidential Primary Schedule, they’re sticking with tradition and stopping in Iowa first, next New Hampshire, and then South Carolina.

The move will still have to be approved by the full DNC in a vote likely early next year, but it will almost certainly follow the rule-making committee’s lead.