Jealousy may be least of challenges to Iowa caucuses' election role

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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 3:51 pm, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

DES MOINES — For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House.

For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say that the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural and that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.

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