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Posted by TDF (+154) 5 years ago
Just wondering - Today the Iowans vote. Why do they vote almost 8 months before the rest of us? Do they vote again in November? I have heard the saying, "As the Iowans vote, so goes the country." Hardly seems fair that the temperature gauge is set for the rest of us by the Iowans.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 5 years ago
I think it's Maine?

https://en.wikipedia.org/...the_nation

Iowa Caucuses are tonight. Elections are different than primaries/caucuses. The Montana primary is in June, if I remember correctly.

The Iowegians get to vote with the rest of us in the general election in November.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 5 years ago
"As the Iowans vote, so goes the country."

As they picked Mike Huckabee in 2008, and Rick Santorum in 2012, I don't think it is that accurate a metric.

It is a caucus, not a primary. A very limited subset of the electorate. I would not pay as much attention as the media does for the Iowa caucuses. I believe it is most useful in narrowing the field.
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Posted by CarlosSantos (+871) 5 years ago
I've always been astounded by the amount of clout Iowa is given in the election.

I feel like it's an old wives tail that just refuses to die.

I mean, the Iowa Legislature once passed a resolution ordering the state cafeteria to start serving cornbread... are we really relying on them to be the political palm reader for the country?

On that note, its actually illegal to read palms within the city limits of Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Iowa means nothing.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 5 years ago
There was a bit of an arms race in the last several cycles, as other states wanted to horn in on Iowa & New Hampshire's action. The other states would move themselves forward, and then IA & NH would do the same. The 2012 Caucus was on 1/3/2012 for example, and people were worried that if this continued, they'd be caucusing in December of 2015.

It appears that cooler heads have prevailed.
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Posted by Dark Beer (+253) 5 years ago
Let's not forget that Iowa is an acronym for idiots out wandering around.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9919) 5 years ago
US election 2016: Why is Iowa like Leicester City FC?
http://www.bbc.com/news/e...6-35414235
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 5 years ago
The God fearing Christians of Iowa have spoken. They have rejected the New York City poser, and picked the only Candidate who reflects their traditional 1820s values. As they did in 2008 and 2012.
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Posted by Bob Netherton III (+2773) 5 years ago
If Sarah Palin and John Wayne's daughter can't deliver a victory, no one can!
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Posted by Oddjob (+194) 5 years ago
Reply to Gunnar Emilsson (#364758)
Gunnar Emilsson wrote:
The God fearing Christians of Iowa have spoken. They have rejected the New York City poser, and picked the only Candidate who reflects their traditional 1820s values. As they did in 2008 and 2012.


And it's a dead heat between communists & criminals. 6 win out of 6 flips tips it to the criminal.

God, even Democrat coins are fixed.
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