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Previewing The Primaries: Iowa And New Hampshire




Voters look on as Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event on January 29, 2020 in Webster City, Iowa.
Voters look on as Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event on January 29, 2020 in Webster City, Iowa.
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The first state primaries are just around the corner, with voters hitting the polls in Iowa on Monday and New Hampshire set to vote the following week.

Candidates are in the final stretch of campaigning in Iowa and it’s still too close to call who may take the hawkeye state. With the number of people who have entered and left the race in the past year, candidates have been building towards the Iowa primaries. Recent polls have indicated that former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are neck in neck for the lead in Iowa with only an average of a few points of difference between the candidates. Mayor Pete Butigeg and Senator Elizabeth Warren are trailing behind, rounding out the top four. New Hampshire polls reveal a different standing as Sanders holds the lead by a comfortable margin over all the other candidates. Even at this point in the race, it’s still hard to tell who could win the Democratic Party’s nomination. The Iowa primaries may start to provide a clearer picture on who that candidate will be.

Today on AirTalk, we take a look at what’s happening in Iowa right now, preview the New Hampshire primaries, and talk about what these two races might mean for other state primaries going forward.

Guests:

Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, campaign reporter for Bloomberg who’s currently in Iowa; she tweets at @misyrlena

Zach Montellaro, campaign reporter and author of the Morning Score for Politico; he tweets at @ZachMontellaro