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With Iowa Over, All Eyes on New Hampshire

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After an eventful night in Iowa, the eyes of the political world are turning toward New Hampshire — as have plenty of campaign caravans.

Both party’s fields have narrowed: Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee both dropped out last night amid faltering caucus returns. But the dynamics of both races also remain particularly competitive.

A victory for Ted Cruz in Iowa means that second-place Donald Trump and third-place Marco Rubio will be relying on strong showings in New Hampshire to give them a boost heading into future primaries. But the state is, arguably, especially important for Rubio — who’s going to be facing stiff competition from other candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich, all of whom are hoping to emerge from the Granite State as the so-called “establishment” favorite.

And on the Democratic side, a virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa seems to have emboldened both sides toward a fierce final week of campaigning in New Hampshire. Both candidates have a robust lineup of get-out-the-vote rallies, debates, town halls and more leading up to Feb. 9.

To follow along with all of the action, be sure to stay tuned into NHPR’s State of Democracy app and, specifically, our candidate tracker. To catch up on coverage from the past year, head over to our Primary Voters’ Guide

And for further reading to frame the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation primary, here are a few pieces worth checking out: