When Hell Freezes Over

Prologue

“Nice sweater.” I had stopped at a gas station in Rye, New Hampshire when I received this compliment from the clerk. After watching the Iowa caucus coverage I started to get caught up in the election fever. I subscribed to the Five Thirty Eight podcast and thought back to the excitement of the 2008 presidential primaries. At the time, I thought how cool it would be to part of Obama’s potentially historic campaign. I was intrigued hearing about how he was able to so effectively mobilize the ground campaign in the Iowa caucus and come out with a victory. Equally interesting to me was Hillary’s come from behind victory in New Hampshire.  The bizarre rules of the Iowa caucus, the large independent voter population in New Hampshire and the unpredictability of both state elections was something I wanted to be a part of.

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