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solarstorm
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« on: July 09, 2014, 10:03:37 am »
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I don't think I'm the first person to come up with this question, but I'd like to know:

Why is Iowa traditionally the first caucus state and New Hampshire the first primary state?
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2014, 10:40:15 am »
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Because they have laws that move their particular primaries and caucuses back if anybody tries to sneak ahead of them. That still raises the question of why those laws are in place, and I think it's a matter of it having pretty much always been a certain way, and that way getting cemented through tradition into law.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 09:48:12 pm »
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It makes sense. Iowa and New Hampshire are the two states where retail politics thrive at the highest level (though it's unclear whether that is the cause or an effect of the early primary, probably both, considering it fully applies on the non-presidential level but also boosts political engagement)
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 10:39:06 pm »
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Because they called dibs.

The real question is why both parties let them do so with impunity while punishing other states that try to move up their primaries.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014, 02:16:58 pm »
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Because Iowa and New Hampshire are objectively better than most other states in the Republic. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 07:53:41 pm »
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The real question is why both parties let them do so with impunity while punishing other states that try to move up their primaries.

Exactly; like the fiasco of Michigan's 2008 Democratic primary.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 02:40:40 am »
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Because they called dibs.

The real question is why both parties let them do so with impunity while punishing other states that try to move up their primaries.
For the record, the GOP did punish NH for holding its 2012 primary in January instead of February (cut its delegates in half); Iowa was unaffected because national delegates are officially awarded at the state convention rather than on caucus night.
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