Argument: Iowa and New Hampshire are ideal states to start the primaries

Supporting Evidence

  • Empirically, early primaries are highly influential

Dan Kemmis and Bob Brown , Center for the Rocky Mountain West, January 9, 2008, Clarkfork Chronicle
Most states now hold presidential primary elections, but tiny, unrepresentative and atypical, New Hampshire continues to have the nation’s first one, and in the tradition of 1952, it continues to profoundly influence our presidential selection process. In fact, with only two exceptions in the last 56 years, the winner of the presidency has carried the first primary in New Hampshire.