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The bond that unites Iowa and New Hampshire

The bond that unites Iowa and New Hampshire 1

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa voters say they are fond of New Hampshire because of the bond the two states share, with their first-in-the-nation status.

The first caucus and the first primary, in the first weeks of February, mean Hawkeye and Granite state voters share a responsibility they take seriously.

“We are united,” Kimberly Barnett of Des Moines said with no hesitation. “It’s a good litmus test of where the country is going to go.”

Des Moines voter Kathleen Feeney said, “I do feel a sense of commitment and unity with them because I know we get a lot of heat wondering why all of us get to go first.”

“I think our two states give a great representation of the American people” she said. She finished by saying, “I take great pride, I support New Hampshire, I’m excited that we get to go first.”

The effort and time voters of Iowa and New Hampshire invest in their candidates bonds the states together. Their insistence on questioning candidates personally makes elections real … and fun. It makes the campaigns there something the entire nation has to watch.

Voters from states outside of Iowa and New Hampshire travel to experience the emotion and effort put into choosing the presidential nominee. Melanie Fry, a psychotherapist, drove from Tulsa, Okla., to attend the Joe Biden rally on Sunday.

“Every voter I have talked to has been to multiple events. They are very educated and highly informed,” Fry said.

The caucus season is party time for Iowa voters. At an Andrew Yang rally Saturday night, supporters held signs, wore costumes, and had custom Andrew Yang tattoos. At an Amy Klobuchar event the same evening, Lara Hortan, of California, had made 250 pairs of Amy for President earrings to share her support.

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It’s no different in New Hampshire. The rallies held in local taverns or town halls are always busy. At an Andrew Yang event in Peterborough, N.H., in September, a voter dressed up as a robot. Streets are lined with campaign signs and voters volunteer hours of their time.

There is no better way for two states to have a stronger bond than through a mutual excitement and enjoyment of casting the first votes to determine who the presidential nominee will be. The pride held in these states is what brings them together.

Fitzwater Scholar Kaitlyn Acciardo is a freshman at Franklin Pierce University studying political science. She is from Hampden, Mass.

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