States Of The Economy The nation's struggling economy is expected to be the top issue in the 2012 presidential race. But the states holding the first nominating contests have weathered these tough times in different ways. NPR explores how that might shape the early races.

The housing market collapse has taken a toll on Florida families and may affect how they vote in the presidential election. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race

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Workers in Boeing's new $750 million final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. At the plant's ribbon-cutting ceremony in June, Rep. James Clyburn called the newly constructed facility a game changer for the state's workforce. Bruce Smith/AP hide caption

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'It's A Great Day In South Carolina,' If You Have A Job

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands to applause during a campaign stop at a Londonderry, N.H., restaurant on Tuesday. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic Jitters

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Mitt Romney speaks Dec. 16 at Missouri Valley Steel in Sioux City, Iowa. Chris Carlson/Associated Press hide caption

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Despite Signs Of Hope, Iowa Voters Question Economy

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