In establishing the first states to vote in the Democratic presidential nomination campaign, the party selected four states representing each U.S. region. These events are almost like a preseason before the big contests in March such as Super Tuesday when California and Texas cast ballots. The four early states that select delegates in February start in the Midwest with the Iowa caucuses, move to the Northeast and the New Hampshire primary, head to the West and the Nevada caucuses, and end in the South with the South Carolina primary.
Steve Salerno (Journalism & Media Studies) won the Silver Award in the 2019 Mature Media Awards for his memoir, "The River Runs Through Us," on bonding with his troubled young grandson some years ago. It appeared in AARP The Magazine in April/May 2018.