Why New Hampshire’s primary is always first

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    SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
    Vote-reporting mess leaves Iowa with no victor on caucus night
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/03/politics/election-day-in-iowa/index.html.

    The 50 US States Ranked By Population
    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/us-states-by-population.html.

    Why do Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the nation’s least diverse states, get to vote first?
    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/11/29/why-do-iowa-and-new-hampshire-two-of-the-nations-least-diverse-states-get-to-vote-first/.

    How many Dunkin Donuts locations are there in the United States?
    https://www.scrapehero.com/location-reports/Dunkin%20Donuts-USA/.

    A History of U.S. Presidential Primaries: 1912-64
    https://web.archive.org/web/20071228132247/http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000002649356.

    New Hampshire: A Proven Primary Tradition
    https://www.nhhistory.org/Research/Online-Exhibitions/New-Hampshire-A-Proven-Primary-Tradition.

    What The 1952 Republican Primary Teaches Us About Today’s Primary
    https://www.hoover.org/research/what-1952-republican-primary-teaches-us-about-todays-primary.

    Why is New Hampshire the first primary in the nation?
    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2016/02/05/why-is-new-hampshire-the-first-primary-in-the-nation/.

    Meet The Guard Dog Who Keeps The New Hampshire Primary First
    https://www.npr.org/2016/02/04/465465975/new-hampshire-primary-meet-the-man-the-guard-dog-who-keeps-it-first.

    Dixville Notch, NH finds enough people to retain voting claim to fame
    https://www.fosters.com/news/20200109/dixville-notch-nh-finds-enough-people-to-retain-voting-claim-to-fame.

    How Predictive Are Iowa And New Hampshire?
    https://www.npr.org/2016/01/31/465016222/how-predictive-are-iowa-and-new-hampshire.

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