Putting Anyone First is Unfair
Some argue that putting any state first gives it an unfair advantage—handing it undue influence in the nomination process. In response, some have proposed different nomination systems. Under one proposal, small states would go first, followed by larger states. This could allow for less well-known candidates to gain traction early on. In their 2010 book Why Iowa?, political scientists Caroline Tolbert, David Redlawsk, and Todd Donovan advocate for an open "caucus window," in which any state could hold a caucus, followed by a one-day national primary.