Want a presidential primary that reflects most of America? Might want to let Illinois go first.
Iowa and New Hampshire aren't very reflective of all of America -- very white, very rural. To win an early primary -- and lead the race for your party's nomination -- you have to appeal to what is essentially a minority of America's demographics.
The Associated Press crunched Census Bureau numbers and came up with the most representative state for an early primary. They've deemed Illinois the most average state out there!
Farms, cities, diverse population. Income, education, and age all mirror America as a whole. Right in the middle of middle America. Hey, isn't it's state flag just a rectangle of beige? Maybe not. (Commercial Appeal)