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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Obama-McCain nominations and the future of Iowa

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

"Love you back," Barack Obama invariably says near the beginning of
each speech, when someone from the crowd shouts "We love you." Barack
Obama loves Iowa back. The Jan. 3 caucus winner is in Des Moines
tonight to mark what he's not quite calling a clinch of the Democratic
presidential nomination. The Obama near-win bodes well for Iowa
keeping its first in the nation status. But on the Republican side,
John McCain's nomination makes the situation a little cloudier. John
McCain's relationship with Iowa has been testy. He skipped the state
in his 2000 run, with a few jabs at the caucuses and ethanol on the
side. In 2008, he made a partial effort but concentrated on New
Hampshire and other early states.

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