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PICTURES: Five Milestones to Iowa


June 30—Second quarter fundraising deadline: The GOP will report which candidate has raised the most money by this early deadline, casting a name out as a top-runner. That name is most likely to be Mitt Romney. But the former Massachusetts governor knows not to get his hopes up—the $100 million he spent in 2008 proved fruitless.   

If the road to the presidential nomination were a board game, the chutes and ladders would change with each roll of the dice. Try as political strategists might, the rules of one election rarely hold true in the next. But as Beth Reinhard lays out in this week’s National Journal magazine, some of the obstacles ahead of GOP contenders are beginning to come into focus. We take a look at the next five milestones these presidential hopefuls can expect to face on the road to the nomination.

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