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Is it time to Rethink Iowa & SC position in the Nomination Process


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In the late 1960s, Iowa moved its convention primarily to insure there where 30 days between the caucus and the district conventions. The original reasoning was so they would have enough time to prepare for their convention. Prior to this, it was New Hamsphire who had the first contest in the nation dating back to the 1920s.

Iowa hardly represents the demographics of the nation. Iowa is 96% white, heavy evangelical population (52%, largely Republican) and dominated by two large Evangelical groups (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church). This has a tendency to elevate candidates that fit the profile of the State, while disparaging other candidates that do not fit their mold.

South Carolina who was the first state to vote to secede from the United States prior to the Civil War and who was a founder of the Confederate States. South Carolina which is 68% white (compared to the national average of 53%), and is also dominated by Evangelical groups including among the largest is again the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and United Methodist Church.

New Hampshire who tend to vote less based on Religion is again dominated by white population (97%), but is not as dominated by Evangelical groups with 32% of the State being Protestant, 35% being Catholic.

In a recent article Iowa and South Carolina Republican’s officials have attacked the state of Florida which for insisting that it have an early spot in the nomination process.

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Republican officials in South Carolina and Iowa ratcheted up the fight over the 2012 primary calendar Thursday, demanding that the party move its 2012 convention out of Florida if the state continues to insist on an early spot in the nominating process.

In a blistering letter sent to members of the Republican National Committee on Thursday morning, South Carolina GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd said Florida has been “thumbing its nose” at the committee’s rules and needs to be punished.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52303.html#ixzz1IGTS6WER

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The questions comes to mind, why these two states should have a dominate position in the Nomination process.

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