REUTERS/Brian Snyder - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders smiles after signing his declaration of candidacy to appear on the New Hampshire primary election ballot in Concord, New Hampshire November 5, 2015.

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First in the nation: The all-important early states of Iowa and New Hampshire

November 27, 2015, Elaine Kamarck

From now until the Iowa caucuses on February 1 and the New Hampshire primary on February 9, the candidates will spend inordinate amounts of time and money in these two states, and voters in the other forty eight states will wonder—why them? In this post, Elaine Kamarck explains the history of how these states became the first in the nation to vote in the presidential primaries.

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