2016 Elections

Stop Whining About New Hampshire and Iowa

Parties pick their nominees, no matter which state votes first.

Who are the real deciders?

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Every four years we hear it: the many, many complaints that Iowa and New Hampshire are unrepresentative of the nation yet they get to go first in presidential voting. Black, Hispanic and Asian voters are scarce. There are no major cities. 

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