Iowa may be the first in the nation to vote in the presidential primaries, but first doesn't always mean right. In the months between the Iowa caucuses and the Republican and Democratic conventions, a lot can change.
In 2012, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were virtually tied. Romney ended up losing by a hair, but went on to score his party's nomination.
Meanwhile, in 2008, Mike Huckabee swept in Iowa. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went on win the Republican nomination.
All of this means that, though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) triumphed this year, he should still watch his back in the months to come. Donald Trump is expected to sweep New Hampshire.
Here's a look back at the Hawkeye State's history of getting it wrong:
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article referred to Iowa as the Buckeye State, which is actually Ohio. Iowa is the Hawkeye State.
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