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February 06, 2008

Fruitful Frontloading?

posted by Josh Goodman

Now that the dust has cleared on Super Tuesday, we can begin to determine the winners -- not just between candidates, but also between states.

State after state moved up to February 5, hoping to influence the presidential nominations. Did it work?

One way to answer that question is to look at where the candidates traveled. The New York Times has a great map that shows the locations of presidential campaign events. Some of the February 5 states saw fairly heavy traffic, but nothing compared to New Hampshire and Iowa.

Perhaps that's an unfair standard. Idaho is probably happy to each have had one visit from Barack Obama, which is more attention than the state has received in the past.

But some mid-sized states like Colorado and Minnesota were largely overlooked in the news coverage last night. They might have had more influence on the process if they'd voted on a date with fewer other states, even if it was a bit later in the year.

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