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Slide Show: How the Iowa Caucuses Pervert the Democratic Process | The Nation

Slide Show: How the Iowa Caucuses Pervert the Democratic Process

  • A Mitt Romney supporter at a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa, December 30 (1 of 7)

    The Iowa caucuses are a make-or-break moment for GOP contenders—even though the caucuses themselves are warped by corporate money, governed by undemocratic rules, and don’t even produce a single delegate to the Republican National Convention.

     

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  • Supporters watch as Rick Perry speaks in Waverly, Iowa, December 30 (2 of 7)

    Tomorrow’s caucus and next week’s New Hampshire primary give incredible influence to a handful of voters who expect contenders to suck up to their small, overwhelmingly white states.

     

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  • Rick Perry greets supporters in Waverly, Iowa, December 30 (3 of 7)

    Everything up to this point, while presented as The Campaign, was actually a long, voter-less preseason consisting primarily of candidates, politicos, donors and reporters talking amongst themselves. The caucus has turned Iowa into a media sensation, yet reporters keep missing some keys to the caucus.

     

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  • Rick Santorum campaigns in Marshalltown, Iowa, December 30 (4 of 7)

    Iowa has seen half a dozen candidates temporarily surge in the polls.  The very latest is Rick Santorum, who takes an “I love you, now change” approach to the Constitution.

     

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  • Newt Gingrich speaks at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, December 21 (5 of 7)

    Whereas Newt Gingrich, who was surging, is now crashing—sending anti-Mitt Romney voters hunting for a new savior.

     

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  • Ron Paul speaks during a veterans rally in Des Moines, December 28 (6 of 7)

    Shockingly, Santorum and Romney are now neck-and-neck with libertarian Ron Paul—who has turned out to be not as liberal as some pundits claim.

     

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  • Jon Huntsman, right, talks to Bill Higgins and his goat Izak in Dover, New Hampshire October 30 (7 of 7)

    Whichever contenders survive Iowa will head to New Hampshire—where Jon Huntsman will make his last stand in his own bid for the nomination in that state’s primary on January 10.

     

    For more on the Iowa Caucuses and the upcoming primaries, check out The Nation's blogs.

     

    —Josh Eidelson

     

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