THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

CAMPAIGN '96 IS ROARING INTO HIGH GEAR. WHY SO EARLY? BECAUSE A YEAR FROM NOW, THE EXTRAVAGANT REPUBLICAN CONTEST MAY ALREADY BE OVER

"You believe this?" Bob Dole said in Dover, New Hampshire, recently. "You ever seen anything like this?" Dole's incredulity was due in equal measure to the huge size of the crowd and the rapt, respectful attention he was receiving. "The rest of the country may think it's early," Dole said. "Up here they know better. This deal's gonna be over in a year."

Dole is not yet the Republican nominee, but he's got the timing right. The schedule of primaries and caucuses has never been so compressed. In just 44 days between Iowa's 1996 caucus on Feb. 12 and California's primary...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!