03 Feb '16, 12am

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And yet that’s what happened. Iowa always goes first, followed by New Hampshire and South Carolina. This gives these states vastly outsized power. Since 1976, when the current system took hold, every presidential nominee in both parties save for one, Bill Clinton, has won either Iowa or New Hampshire. Clinton’s situation in 1992 was an exception because Iowa Senator Tom Harkin was guaranteed to win the Iowa caucuses and Clinton came in a close second in New Hampshire. And, since 1976, no one who has won both Iowa and New Hampshire has failed to win his party’s nomination.

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