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We asked you, On Politics readers, to tell us how the results in Iowa and New Hampshire affected your view of the race. And, boy, did you have thoughts!

For Barbara Sloan of Conway, S.C., the early results changed her view — and vote.

“Living in South Carolina, I had expected Biden to do better and thought his candidacy might be inevitable,” she said. “Obviously, Iowa and New Hampshire showed that is not the case. At the same time, I got to see more of Amy Klobuchar and she grew on me,” Ms. Sloan continued. “This week, I voted in-person absentee for her in the South Carolina Democratic Primary.”

For John Sanderson, the results raised his concerns about Senator Elizabeth Warren.

“I live in North Carolina, and I have never given Sanders or Buttigieg any chance whatsoever of winning here, and I still don’t,” he said. “I have also had serious doubts about Warren’s chances all along, and her performances in Iowa and New Hampshire only reinforce my doubts about her electability overall.” He said a Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar ticket might fare best.

Lydia Simmons of San Francisco said the early states underscored how quickly the race could change.

“New Hampshire could be considered a case study of why one result doesn’t guarantee another,” she said. “Amy Klobuchar did not stand out in Iowa. She came in fifth. One strong debate later, she came in third,” she continued, adding that Ms. Warren and Mr. Biden could not be counted out. “Ultimately momentum needs to be maintained, and that requires strong performance in far more than two small states.”

And Joyce Tarantino questioned why Iowa and New Hampshire have so much power, anyhow.

“To place such importance on having two small states, with a very small amount of delegates, and unrepresentative of the nation and the Democratic Party as a whole, being the first to vote cannot continue,” she said. “We are wasting valuable time and financial resources at the early stage of a very important campaign with no discernible return on investment, except confusion.”

Dating in 2020. (Read the whole thread.)

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