I thought it would be interesting to learn more about these two bellwether states. After all, they hold a pretty powerful place in the choosing of the next president. From the U.S. Census Bureau (2005 figures):
Iowa (total population 1,314,895)How does this compare with other states?
New Hampshire (total population 2,982,085)
Maryland (total population 5,615,727)That's probably enough statistics. You get my point. The populations of these two highly publicized contests to decide the next nominee for the Republican and Democratic parties are not at all representative of the rest of the country. So although I initially thought it was a bad idea for other states to move their own primaries up on the calendar, I'm now thinking that maybe the rest of us ought to have more of a say in who becomes the party's nominee.
California (total population 36,457,549)
Georgia (total population 9,363,941)
United States (total population 299,398,484)
The tradition of Iowa and New Hampshire first is quaint. And as outdated as Rudy Giuliani's dress.