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The presidential primaries are just a few weeks away, kicking off on February 3rd with the Iowa caucuses. However, as Scott Rasmussen noted Thursday in his Number of the Day feature for Ballotpedia, early voting began yesterday in Minnesota, which doesn’t officially vote until Super Tuesday on March 3rd, one month into the process. Voters in Vermont can begin voting (presumably for socialist Bernie Sanders) today.
Rasmussen poses the question: what does all this early voting mean? In a crowded Democratic field, where early wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina can boost or destroy a candidate’s chances, early voting could throw an interesting wrinkle into the mix. I suspect most voters will wait, but we could have Minnesotans voting for their raging hometown sweetheart, Amy Klobuchar, only to see her withdraw after the early primaries.
Regardless, the primaries are a-comin’, so I figured it was time for a little pre-primaries preview.