Why The Illinois Primary Should Be The Nation's First

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A recent study by WalletHub makes the case that Illinois -- not Iowa or New Hampshire -- should hold the first presidential primary election.

It's long been argued that, because of their atypical demographics, having Iowa and New Hampshire as the first primary states invites skewed results. For one, they tend to be whiter than the rest of the country, so those early contests might not be accurate indicators of candidates' performance on a national scale.

WalletHub tackled the issue by compiling a study of how closely individual states resemble the U.S. average in factors like gender, age, race, education, poverty level and political ideology.

Click the states on the map below for WalletHub's rankings of how closely each mirrors the national demographic average. The Top 10 most demographically "average" states -- which is to say, the states that arguably should hold the first 10 presidential primaries -- are listed below.

Source: WalletHub

Here are the Top 10 states that most closely resemble the rest of the U.S., according to WalletHub's analysis.

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