IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT STARTS

WITH DOLE WELL AHEAD OF HIS RIVALS, THE WHOLE G.O.P. RACE COULD BE DECIDED BY JUST ONE STATE: IOWA

COULD THE REPUBLICAN RACE COME to an end before it even gets started? Americans normally don't think about presidential primaries until New Hampshire voters narrow the contest to an intelligible two- or three-man race. But Campaign 1996 is already anything but normal. The leading contenders for the G.O.P. nomination are massing their troops for a possibly decisive showdown on Feb. 12 in Iowa. Bob Dole is moving organizers and money into the state in the hope of finishing off his chief rival, Senator Phil Gramm of Texas. Gramm is pouring resources into Iowa as well, but his goal is merely to...

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