History shows winning Iowa doesn’t mean total victory

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are spending almost every waking hour shuttling across Iowa hoping to capture their party’s nomination. But, history shows a win in Iowa doesn’t guarantee a candidate’s nomination.

“Iowa is unlikely to certainly be a kingmaker, and in some ways the race will likely remain fluid for sometime,” said Matt Dalek, a political science professor for George Washington University.

To understand why the Iowa caucuses may attract a lot of attention from candidates, its important to remember Iowa is the first state to host a nominating contest.Past GOP Winners:

2012: Rick Santorum

2008: Mike Huckabee

2004: Incumbent President

2000: George W. Bush

1996: Bob Dole

1992: Incumbent PresidentPast Democratic Winners:

2012: Incumbent President

2008: Barack Obama

2004: John Kerry

2000: Al Gore

1996: Incumbent President

1992: Tom Harkin

Winning the Iowa caucus can certainly bring attention, donors, and instant front runner status but the celebration doesn’t always last especially with the New Hampshire primary just eight days after the first contest.

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