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Myth number one: The Iowa caucuses don’t matter.
Keep in mind the following. Since 1972, when the Iowa caucuses became the first in the nation event for choosing the respective party presidential nominees, only one candidate has won the presidency without winning either the contest in Iowa or the primary in New Hampshire. And when a candidate has won both, that candidate has always won their party’s nomination.
Candidates who won their party’s nomination and won both the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary include:
1976 Jimmy Carter (D)
1976 Gerald Ford (R)
1980 Jimmy Carter (D)
1984 Ronald Reagan (R)
1992 George H. W. Bush (R)
1996 Bill Clinton (D)
2000 Al Gore (D)
2004 John Kerry (D)
2004 George W. Bush (R)
Candidates who won their party’s nomination and won only Iowa:
1984 Walter Mondale (D)
2000 George W. Bush (R)
2008 Barack Obama (D)
Candidates who won their party’s nomination and won only New Hampshire:
1980 Ronald Reagan (R)
1988 Michael Dukakis (D)
1988 George H. W. Bush (R)
2008 John McCain (R)