2016 Elections

Winning or Losing Isn't Everything in the Primaries

Whether candidates live up to expectations matters, too.

Time will tell.

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

As Elaine Kamarck recounts in the Washington Post, winning isn’t all that matters in the early contests on the presidential nomination calendar. Candidates seek to beat expectations, and the press and the parties judge the results against what they thought would happen.

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