What a contrast with the way presidential campaigns were once decided, with one ever more decisive primary following another to a grand climax - from little New Hampshire in February to crucial California in June.
Instead, this year's Democratic presidential nomination may have been largely decided before much of the electorate had a chance to see how each candidate reacted under the pressures of a long campaign with all its unforeseeable developments.
The moral of the story: Decide early, repent at leisure.
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