Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon worked for Iowa Public Radio as Morning Edition Host from January 2010 until December 2013.

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The presidential primary has now reached the final two-week stretch before Iowans meet to caucus on Feb. 1, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is spending some of those precious final days making a swing through New Hampshire.

Unlike Iowa, where Cruz is neck and neck with Donald Trump, New Hampshire is a state where Trump dominates, leading the rest of the pack by nearly 20 points in recent polls.

But Cruz said he believes the campaign is entering a "different phase," where voters will take a closer look at candidates' records — particularly Trump's.

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New Hampshire Republicans have a track record of picking presidential candidates who often go on to win their party's nomination. Usually, that means bolstering establishment candidates. But this year, billionaire Donald Trump is polling far ahead of the rest of the pack. That leaves his rivals fighting amongst themselves in the hope that one of them can take down Trump in the state that holds the first primary.

Editor's note: With news that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, we are reprising this story, which was originally posted in January.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has a lot of qualities her party needs: She's a rising star who is young, female and the daughter of Indian immigrants.

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With just over a month until New Hampshire's presidential primary, the stakes are high for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. That state's primary may be his best shot at a path to the Republican nomination. Although he's been struggling with fundraising and polling, Christie's rivals are attacking him in the Granite State — a sign, the candidate says, that his campaign may be catching on.

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Some people celebrated the holiday last night by attending a political rally for a presidential candidate.

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