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The system for choosing US presidential candidates is broken. Here's how to fix it

By Steven Hill   January 2008

In the aftermath of Iowa and New Hampshire, many Americans have begun to question the process of nominating presidential candidates. Are two tiny rural states really the place to kick off an all-important national selection process?

According to a survey conducted for the Associated Press and Yahoo News, fewer than one in five voters favour Iowa and New Hampshire’s “favoured state” status, and nearly 80 per cent would rather see other states get their chance at the front of the line.

Officials in those other states, meanwhile, fear that if they hold their presidential primaries too late in the season,…

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