A new study shows that Illinois, among all the states, most closely reflects the American electorate. That's a good argument for why Illinois, and not Iowa, New Hampshire or any other state, should be the first to hold a presidential primary.
According to Wallet Hub, a personal finance resource:
Earlier this year, WalletHub’s analysts compared the likeness of the U.S. with Iowa and New Hampshire and found that these states — to the expected surprise of many — mirror the nation by 89.39 percent and 82.11 percent, respectively. This time, we sought to identify which of the 50 states are truly representative of the U.S. population and thus truly worthy of the top primary-election spot.
Illinois came in first with an "Electorate Representation Index" of 94.35 percent, with number one rankings in "social demographic," "economy" and "education." The other top ten states were Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indian, Delaware, Missouri and Virginia. The state most unlike the rest of the country was Vermont.
Before we get too excited about our Number One ranking, it doesn't mean that we're the best. It only means that we're in the middle of the pack, most closely representing the national average. Most mediocre, if you will.
But the Number One ranking makes a strong case for being the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary. Voters have often wondered why Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and a bunch of southern states should get first crack of weeding out the presidential candidates. By the time Illinois holds its primary (March 15), voters don't have much of a choice among the remaining viable candidates. Illinois voters who wanted to back, say, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who pulled out of the Republican presidential race, would be wasting their support.
It's time to instill some logic into the presidential selection process.
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