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Countdown ’24

Countdown ’24, a weekly newsletter by States Newsroom, is your window into the candidates, the campaigns, the issues and voting news from key states around the country.

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Surge of anti-democracy moves by state lawmakers raise fears for 2024 election

In the lead-up to the 2024 election, some state lawmakers have ramped up efforts to protect GOP gerrymanders and curtail the power of both voters and election officials.

GOP presidential candidates talk abortion, Israel and parental rights in hopes of wooing Iowa evangelicals

There are just four months left until Iowa Republicans and Democrats plan to caucus Jan. 15, 2024. But there are still a number of remaining questions on the presidential nominating calendar in both parties.

Georgia state lawyers to defend maps in court, claim Black voting power isn’t diluted

Can the 14th Amendment keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot because of his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection?

Federal court rules Alabama congressional map did not fix Voting Rights Act violations

The trials of former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants are set to start in October in the Fulton County, Georgia case over racketeering charges for allegedly attempting to overturn 2020 presidential election results.

Trump federal election interference trial date set for March 2024

Key hearings in two of former President Donald Trump's four criminal indictments are scheduled for Monday, with expectations of new information on Trump's alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump, DeSantis and more 2024 Republican contenders head to Iowa State Fair

It's been a busy week on the 2024 campaign trail, with candidates headed to the Iowa State Fair to mingle with caucus goers, meet with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and grill pork chops in the lead-up to the 2024 Iowa caucuses.

Trump lashes out at prosecutors, Biden, DeSantis in Alabama

In the wake of former President Donald Trump's most recent indictment for allegedly attempting to subvert the 2020 election, fellow Republican contestants for the 2024 presidential nomination renewed criticisms of the federal justice system.

Trump campaigns in Pennsylvania after fresh charges filed

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced backlash from both Democrats and members of the Republican Party for his support of Florida’s new Black history curriculum standards, which include guidance for students “to be told that enslaved people benefited from slavery.”

Arizona Republicans push for hand-counting ballots

As the campaign season progresses, some Republican supporters are predicting a shake-up in candidates leading the 2024 presidential race. 

Kamala Harris' poll numbers lag

Money isn't everything, but the weekend's campaign finance reports are making the chatter in the political world go 'round. Of key significance: Republican candidates have to reach a threshold of 40,000 individual donors to qualify for the first presidential primary debate next month.

Opening the debate on open primaries

Can activists persuade states to move to an open primary system? There are initiatives in South Dakota and Idaho to move from the states' closed party elections to an open primary. This allows voters to weigh in on candidates regardless of party -- either the voter's or the candidate's -- with the top two vote-getters advancing to the general election.