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Iowans bring a special-interest agenda to caucuses

Senator John McCain dipped in polls in Iowa after criticizing ethanol subsidies. Senator John McCain dipped in polls in Iowa after criticizing ethanol subsidies. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)
By Peter S. Canellos
Globe Columnist / November 27, 2007

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WASHINGTON - New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner's decision last week to schedule the state's primary for Jan. 8, five days after the Iowa caucuses but well before the primaries of Michigan and Florida, signaled that New Hampshire and Iowa have succeeded in maintaining their special roles in choosing presidential nominees for yet another election cycle. (Full article: 784 words)

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