Sep 1, 2014 11:06 AM
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The finish line in November's mid-term elections is just the start of the next race for the White House.
The months leading up to the mid-terms offer a clearer window into a 2016 presidential field that has already begun jockeying for position in elections from Nevada to New Hampshire. The cross-country touring will intensify this fall as the contenders road-test messages, expand coalitions, and confront political flaws with future presidential primary voters watching.
Democrats are pining for Hillary Rodham Clinton to hit the campaign trail. The Republican field is crowded and wide-open.
The presidential jousting will be most apparent in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, home to the first two contests on the presidential primary calendar and the sites of closely-watched House and Senate elections.