12/30/2011 10:51 am ET

New GOP Rules Could Make Iowa Delegates Important

Political experts say that in all likelihood, the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will still retain the same symbolic potency they have in years past, narrowing the field and knocking several candidates from the race.

However, new Republican rules may make the period following the traditional beginning gauntlet states more interesting than they have been previously. And, if the race remains close until the end, this could leave Iowa's 28 non-binded delegates up for grabs this summer.

Either way, the candidate you vote for on Jan. 3 probably will not be exactly where Iowa's delegates go. Want to know why? Read on.

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