Nevada has moved its presidential contest up to January in hopes of luring more candidates to the Silver State. But an analysis by the Reno Gazette-Journal shows the candidates have not abandoned the historic strategy of barnstorming Iowa and New Hampshire.
They're traditionally the nation's first two contests and the hope is that an early win there would create a surge to carry the candidate to the nomination.
Only New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has spent more time campaigning in Nevada than any other early state. The rest of the Democratic field has opened more offices, hired more staff and aired more television ads in Iowa and New Hampshire than in South Carolina or Nevada.
Larry Sabato is director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
And he puts it this way -- "Everyone focuses on Iowa and New Hampshire because, for the past several decades, everyone has focused on Iowa and New Hampshire."
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