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Iowa, NH and SC split three ways

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  January 21, 2012 08:09 PM

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It has only been recently that Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada have been the "official" states to go first. Before the 2008 primary the RNC and DNC established rules cementing their positions at the front of the nominating process. Florida is violating those rules this year as they did in 2008 when they were joined by the rebellious Michigan.

South Carolina has not always been as important or early as it is now but for kicks I thought I would look up past results. This is the first time since at least 1980 where there have been three different winners in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina on the Republican side. This has happened three times on the Democratic side in 1992, 1988, and 1984.

2012 Republican Primary


  • Iowa - Rick Santorum

  • New Hampshire - Mitt Romney

  • South Carolina - Newt Gingrich

1992 Democratic Primary


  • Iowa - Tom Harkin

  • New Hampshire - Paul Tsongas

  • South Carolina - Bill Clinton

1988 Democratic Primary


  • Iowa - Dick Gephardt

  • New Hampshire - Michael Dukakis

  • South Carolina* - Jesse Jackson

1984 Democratic Primary


  • Iowa - Walter Mondale

  • New Hampshire - Gary Hart

  • South Carolina* - Jesse Jackson


*Was a caucus in 1984 & 1988

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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