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Iowa
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Out in Iowa, a state whose early presidential caucuses have given it inordinate influence over the political process, Republicans are worried that the state is losing influence because far-right conservatives are dominating the process and causing some moderate GOP White House hopefuls to consider skipping the state. Actually, the country would probably be better off if Iowa’s caucuses didn’t carry such weight, because they allow a small percentage of the electorate there to play such a big role in presidential momentum. Rather than conducting a primary, in which a broad-based segment of the populace takes part, the Iowa caucuses are attended primarily by party activists, both on the Republican and Democratic sides.