Longest Election Season May End in a Flash

Candidates could be decided in Iowa, N.H., analysts say
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 8:09 PM CST
The Democratic candidates will likely see a smaller field once the early primaries are over.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The primary season that kicked off a record-long two years before Election Day could wrap up in a record-short five days of voting, Reuters reports. Under the right scenarios, Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucus and New Hampshire’s Jan. 8 primary could yield nominees on both sides of the aisle—10 months before the election, analysts say.

Others dismiss such speculation, saying losing candidates would be fools to fold so early. Those with big bankrolls will likely hang around no matter the outcomes in Iowa and New Hampshire, said one, especially with so many primaries coming soon after. Still, "if a front-runner goes two for two, it's over," said another political analyst. (Read more Election 2008 stories.)