Ten days ago, TPM asked the question "If Newt slips in Iowa, what happens next?"
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Well, Newt slipped big time in Iowa. So what happens next?
"People have this idea that it's chaos out here," veteran Iowa pollster Ann Selzer told TPM in an interview. "It's normal. This is the way it works."
If the 2012 Republican primary race has been anything it's been hard to make sense of, with flavor of the month candidates popping up and crashing down, challenging a weak frontrunner bent on capturing the GOP establishment at a time when the grassroots seem to run the show. There have been moments when it seemed that no one but former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney could possibly get the nod, and moments when it seemed like anyone but Mitt Romney could get the nomination.
But while that's been a source of confusion on the national level for those used to the days of the Republican coronation process, Selzer said it's par for the course in Iowa. "We're the first state. We have nothing else to guide us and people want to make a good choice," she told TPM.