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Iowa: A Civic Place

A handful of people are standing in a soybean field, around a giant John Deere tractor. In the center is a presidential candidate. This is the lowa you know—a staging ground for presidential campaigns, a political theme park out there someplace south of Minnesota and east of Nebraska, full of corn and stuffed pork chops and roads that seem to come to a perfeet 90-degree angle on the prairie.

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