When NBC's David Gregory called the start of the campaign "breathtakingly early" with the rush for cash being "the first test of a candidate's viability," ABC's Tapper (subscription required) explained the logistics. The traditional start of the primary season--Iowa and New Hampshire--has been crowded by adding Nevada and South Carolina. "What was typically a four-or-five-month process has been condensed to two or three weeks." Thus there will no longer be a window of opportunity for the traditional method of organizing a campaign--leveraging momentum gained from the first two to attract funds and support for subsequent contests. All candidates must now have operations in place in all states, so all are raising funds and hiring staffers now.
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