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Why Does New Hampshire Get to Hold the First Primary?

© Rick Friedman/Corbis Because the state wants it that way! New Hampshire’s primaries have informally been the earliest since 1920, but over the years, the state has passed laws to ensure that its primaries will remain the first in the nation. In fact, New Hampshire’s officials are bound by state law to hold the primary “on the [...]

What Is the Iowa Straw Poll?

In a little over a month, Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Ames to square off in the Iowa Straw Poll. What the heck is a straw poll, and what do the results mean? Let’s take a look at some questions about the event that’s going to start dominating the political news soon. What exactly [...]