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Let the presidential primary games begin



Fasten your seat belts for the 2016 Presidential primaries, but don't expect the first two states to winnow the field very much.

The first voting starts Feb. 1 in Iowa, a small state where the religious right skews the Republican vote. That may be good news for Texas Senator Ted Cruz. But most top finishers in past Republican Iowa caucuses, such as Mike Huckabee, failed to get far in bigger primaries. One year, the Iowa runner-up was the Rev. Pat Robertson.

Then it's on to the primary in New Hampshire, a small state that is far more liberal than much of the nation. That could mean a stellar showing by Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont,...