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US elections 2008: Key primary season states
NevadaCaliforniaIowaMichiganIllinoisNew YorkNew HampshireMassachusettsNew JerseySouth CarolinaGeorgiaFlorida Introduction
3 Jan: Iowa caucuses
8 Jan: New Hampshire primary
15 Jan: Michigan primary
19 Jan: Nevada caucuses; South Carolina primary (Rep)
26 Jan: South Carolina primary (Dem)
29 Jan: Florida primary
5 Feb: Twenty-four states including California, New York, New Jersey

The United States is opening its primary season, when individual states decide which candidate from the Republican and Democratic parties to back to fight the 2008 presidential election.

Two key states - Iowa and New Hampshire - voted in the first few days of January. The others shown above are all important in the race to secure party nominations. Use the map above to find out more.

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