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How Much Do Iowa And New Hampshire Actually Matter?

During primary season, we hear a lot about Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states in the nation to vote. Neither state has many delegates up for grabs, so why does it seem like they are so crucial to winning the nomination? We crunched the numbers to see just how important it is to win the early states.

Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Sakshi Jain is an animator at FiveThirtyEight.