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Democratic Hopefuls Push Past Iowa With Early Primaries in Mind

  • 2020 contenders face early primary calendar, crowded field
  • Votes in 14 states include Super Tuesday in early March
Kamala Harris during a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas. 

Kamala Harris during a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas. 

Photographer: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America

Democratic presidential contenders are already making strategic decisions about where to dedicate campaign resources, putting heavy focus on select states because of a compressed primary calendar and an unusually crowded field.

A cross-country sprint through 14 states -- from the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses to Super Tuesday on March 3 -- promises to sort out winners and losers earlier than in past years. Democrats are making the first four states their top priority and also pouring resources into the 10 Super Tuesday states, including delegate-rich California and Texas.