Earlier this month we saw former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) come out of nowhere to handily win the Iowa Republican caucus, while freshman Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) both defeated the Clinton machine that previously seemed unstoppable. Then, five days later, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) handed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R)–in his own backyard of New Hampshire–a second defeat in the Republican primary where Romney was expected to make a strong showing.

With so many history-making possibilities, the American electorate seems more energized than it has in a long time. The possibility of the nation’s first female or minority president brought record numbers out in Iowa’s Democratic Caucus and unusually high voter turn out in New Hampshire.

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