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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

All about Iowa

If you're getting caught up in all the hype about the GOP's Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, consider this: John McCain, the Republican Party's eventual presidential nominee in 2008, came in a distant fourth in the Iowa caucuses that year, with barely one-third of the vote total of winner Mike Huckabee.

Also finishing ahead of McCain in Iowa that day: Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.

Are the Iowa caucuses important? Sure. But will they foretell a party's nominee for the fall election? Maybe, maybe not.

The process of picking a major-party candidate to run for president is long and drawn out, and with good reason. To suggest that one day of caucuses in a single state 10 months before Election Day is the be-all and end-all is to completely misunderstand the process.



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