Why is the state of Iowa so important to the election?

I always hear during the Presidential primary about the Iowa Caucus. Can anyone explain to me why Iowa and New Hampshire are so important for a candidate to win during an eletion?

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  • JoJo
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    1 decade ago
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    Because Iowa and New Hampshire are the first two caucuses in the primary season. The candidate(s) who can carry these two states will set themselves up for possibly winning the nomination for their party. Back in 2004, Howard Dean was leading in the polls but he did not win in Iowa or New Hampshire....Kerry did although he was polling in third place behind Dean and Edwards. It puts the momentum in favor of the candidate who can win these caucuses.

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  • 4 years ago

    Usually the states that are close to 50/50 on the votes are the states that are talked about as being important. Quite a few of the states have more electoral votes than Iowa, but the analysts already have a pretty good idea of which candidate will receive those votes. So they say Iowa (or any state in which they can't determine the voting outcome for) is important because it is an undecided state. In a close presidential race, the candidate who wins the most electoral votes from the undecided states may well be the eventual winner and our next President of the USA.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they are the first primary elections giving the nominees the edge on the other nominees as well as giving the states the advantage in helping decide who will be the party's presidential candidate. States such as Florida are practicing front loading in an effort to move the primary up so that their state can have a larger part in determining the party's candidate.

    Source(s): Advance Placement Government at STA High School
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  • 1 decade ago

    Because of their standing of being the first real test for all the candidates, a perception that the ones that do real well there are considered the "front-runners" in the race. At least the news media does and has reported it that way. This often results in those candidates doing well in other areas of the country also.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because it represents the average mix of the American people. Race, job type, income, home ownership, etc. It is average America and that's who the politicians what to win.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because it is the 1st real test, & the results there can have a bandwagon effect.

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