Looking at how polls around the country shift after Iowa and New Hampshire state their presidential preferences, two economists recently likened the impact of one Iowa or New Hampshire voter to that of five “Super Tuesday” voters. The “extreme special treatment” those two states enjoy is undemocratic and unfair to the voters in the other 48 states, argued New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt. “And it distorts economic policy in several damaging ways,” he said, pointing to ethanol subsidies that please Iowans but “drive up food prices and do little to solve the climate problem” and the two states’ lack of big-city economies and challenges. He called for a system of rotating primaries “so that all kinds — big states and small, younger and older, rural and urban — had a turn.”
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