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In this Jan. 3, 2012 photo, votes are tallied during a caucus of precinct 42 near Smithland, Iowa. More than 40 years ago, a scheduling quirk vaulted Iowa to the front of the presidential nominating process, and ever since most White House hopefuls have devoted enormous time and money to a state that otherwise would get little attention. (Dave Weaver/AP)closemore
In this Jan. 3, 2012 photo, votes are tallied during a caucus of precinct 42 near Smithland, Iowa. More than 40 years ago, a scheduling quirk vaulted Iowa to the front of the presidential nominating process, and ever since most White House hopefuls have devoted enormous time and money to a state that otherwise would get little attention. (Dave Weaver/AP)

Here & Now's Robin Young is in Iowa, and paid a visit to experts at Iowa State University to get a better understanding of how this first-in-the-nation presidential contest works. She speaks with Steffen Schmidt, a professor of political science, and Dave Andersen, an assistant professor of political science.

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