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Caution for Clinton: Iowa's history of toppling front-runners
Caution for Clinton: Iowa's history of toppling front-runners

DES MOINES - Iowa is a tough state for presidential front-runners. It may be the passive-aggressive nature of voters. Iowans are exceedingly polite; it’s the kind of place you’re expected to greet and even chat with others stepping onto an elevator. At the same time, voters here seem to pride themselves on taking politicians down a notch. “Fancy” is not a compliment. The caucuses, a precinct-level meeting of party activists, gained notice in 1972 when South Dakota’s Democratic Sen. George S. McGovern managed to place an unexpected third in a presidential preference straw poll, behind “uncommitted” and the front-running Sen. Edmund Muskie of...

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