REUTERS/Matt Sullivan - A voter casts a ballot at the Flushing Volunteer Fire Department in Flushing, Ohio, March 6, 2012. Republicans are holding their "Super Tuesday" presidential primary in 10 states.

Opinion

How unrepresentative are the early presidential primary states?

February 3, 2016, William H. Frey

As the presidential primary season gets underway and the hordes of news cameras and pundits turn to actual voting rather than polling, the quadrennial question emerges: How closely do the February states—Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada—reflect the demographics of the nation?

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