That group was led by Representative Dean Phillips, Democrat of Minnesota. Mr. Phillips, who pushed a message of generational change and denounced Mr. Biden, 81, as “unelectable,” spent heavily on advertising as he highlighted Mr. Biden’s snub of the state. One of his ads featured Bigfoot searching for the president.
He sought to tap into Democratic discontent with the president, which is abundantly evident in polling. Mr. Biden’s allies argue that when Americans focus more squarely on the election, especially on the prospect of another matchup against Mr. Trump, that sentiment will shift.
The more consequential tests for Mr. Biden will come when he competes in the Democratic primary contests next month in South Carolina, Nevada and Michigan, three key states where the Biden campaign will have to show it can mobilize its most loyal voters. Amid concerns from Democrats about his campaign’s structure — and as his team gears up for a bruising general election swiftly coming into view — Mr. Biden approved a leadership shake-up that will see a top White House aide take over functional control of the re-election effort, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The drama over this year’s nominating calendar began in late 2022, when Mr. Biden and the Democratic National Committee decided to reorder it, saying that Democrats should give states with more racial diversity greater influence. Their plan put South Carolina first and would have pushed New Hampshire to second, alongside Nevada.
But New Hampshire Democrats, who pride themselves on the state’s longtime first-in-the-nation tradition — a matter of state law — balked, and the state was stripped of its delegates.