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Iowa politics have Christie hog-tied on animal rights bill
Iowa politics have Christie hog-tied on animal rights bill

Iowa can have a magical effect on visiting politicians. Peripheral concerns become major issues. Long-standing policy positions melt like spring runoff in the Des Moines River. It’s not the enchanting allure of Ottumwa, or the rhapsody of gazing upon row after row of soybeans, marching like green sentries to the unbroken horizon. What captivates is Iowa’s role as the first state to vote in the presidential nominating process. A victory or even a surprisingly strong finish in the precinct caucuses can transform a candidate overnight from also-ran to serious White House contender. (See Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum.) A loss or unexpectedly weak...

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