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Tiggeroshii

(11,088 posts)
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:00 PM Jan 2020

Interesting polling in 2004

It appears Dean was consistently leading in the polls by double digits well into January, but somehow in February fell to a distant second place -possibly after one candidate won both iowa and new hampshire. Almost as if those two states have a large impact on public opinion. I believe it is very likely that the candidate -however they are polling now, who wins both IA and NH will win the democratic nomination.

https://www.pollingreport.com/wh04dem.htm

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
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JustAnotherGen

(32,292 posts)
1. Country has changed (demographics)
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:08 PM
Jan 2020

Since then.

Regardless of who the nominee is - I'll be voting for the Democratic Party.

However, especially after ALL the polls said one thing in 2016 . . . and we had poor results -

I'm not watching the polls. I'll vote my head, heart and wallet regardless of any polls.

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Renew Deal

(81,948 posts)
2. Something else happened in Iowa that year
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:08 PM
Jan 2020

That had a big impact on NH.

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brooklynite

(95,495 posts)
11. You mean, of course, Dean coming in a mediocre third place in Iowa?
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:05 PM
Jan 2020
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rurallib

(62,579 posts)
12. The disappearance of Dean from the media after he said he would break up the
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:32 PM
Jan 2020

media conglomerates?

Followed by the media's relentless replaying of the "Dean scream" to make him look like a fool? The media is not our friend, just ask Hillary (but her emails) Clinton.

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Bettie

(16,230 posts)
13. That was exactly what I came here to say
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:34 PM
Jan 2020

but you beat me to it!

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Sloumeau

(2,657 posts)
3. Fivethirtyeight.com covers this.
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:08 PM
Jan 2020

If someone goes to the following link...

[link:https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-primary-forecast/iowa/|

Fivethiryeight.com talks about how winning Iowa raises or lowers the odds of winning the nomination.

Basically, they say that winning Iowa means the person has an 80% chance of winning the nomination. Why can't they say 100%? Because of people like Bill Clinton who did not win either Iowa or New Hamshire but still won the nomination. How did he do it? Well, Bill Clinton was from the South, and he swept the South. This means, even if you don't win Iowa or New Hampshire, you can still win if you do well in the South. Anyone doing strong in the South? Oh, you, Joe Biden? OK, so even if Joe Biden doesn't win Iowa and New Hampshire he can still win by doing well in the South.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
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Tiggeroshii

(11,088 posts)
4. Does 538 say anything about the chances of winning the nomination after winning both IA and NH?
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:13 PM
Jan 2020

I totally get the Clinton thing, but no candidate won both states in that case.

And thanks!

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Sloumeau

(2,657 posts)
6. The following link should help you with that.
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:43 PM
Jan 2020

Check out this link:

[link:https://www.npr.org/2016/01/31/465016222/how-predictive-are-iowa-and-new-hampshire|

It shows who won Iowa and New Hampshire, both Democrats and Republicans since 1976. The winners are shown in two, easy to read images.

Notice that the following people won both Iowa and New Hampshire since 1976 and they all went on to win the nomination. Fifty percent of the time, they also went on to win the General Election:

1976: Carter won both--Got Nomination--Won General
1980: Carter won both--Got Nomination--Lost General
1996: Clinton won both--Got Nomination--Won General
2000: Gore won both--Got Nomination--Lost General
2004: Kerry won both--Got Nomination--Lost General
2012: Obama won both--Got Nomination--Won General

The following people won either Iowa or New Hampshire and then got the nomination. One out of three times, they went on to win the General Election:

1984: Mondale won in Iowa--Got Nomination--Lost General
1988: Dukakis won in 1988--Got Nomination--Lost General
2008: Obama won in Iowa--Got Nomination--Won General

Since 1976, the following people won neither Iowa or New Hampshire but still went on to win the Nomination and the General Election:

1992: Bill Clinton lost both--Got Nomination--Won General


So, what does that tell me? Based on the past, if anyone wins both Iowa and New Hampshire, their odds of winning the Nomination are quite good. If, however, two different people win Iowa and New Hampshire, The odds of one of those two people *combined* winning the nomination is probably in about the 75% to 80% range. This means that each of the two winners' individual chances of winning the nomination might be around 40%.

Here's where it gets tricky. If those two winners are facing someone who is strong in the South, like Joe Biden is, and if that person sweeps the South, that person can override their two wins. Just as Bill Clinton was the Southern exception in 1992, Joe Biden could be the Southern exception in 2020. It means that if Joe Biden does not win Iowa or New Hamshire, he still has a shot at winning, albeit maybe about a 20% chance of winning. However, if he does really well in the South, as could happen, he could very well do it.

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question everything

(47,809 posts)
9. Carter came second in Iowa after "non committed"
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:57 PM
Jan 2020

Still gave him a national exposure..

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Sloumeau

(2,657 posts)
10. Since "non committed" is not actually a person, I am going to give it to Carter. eom :)
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:00 PM
Jan 2020
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TidalWave46

(2,061 posts)
5. Hmmmm. What else happened?
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:15 PM
Jan 2020

Was anyone paying enough attention to fill us in?

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question everything

(47,809 posts)
8. No, not interesting. In 2004 we did not have "social media" twits and insta-something
Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:54 PM
Jan 2020

which this time has made all the difference in the world. Certainly in the selection for the debates.

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