It's a well-known fact that success in the early primary states - Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina - may determine a candidate's chance of earning the presidency. Traditionally, success is measured in polling data. But is relying on polls the only way to accurately predict the results of elections?

Money talks. We thought it would be interesting to analyze the candidates' success in the early primary states by a different metric than opinion polls. We measured contribution records from all four of the early primary states to see how the candidates stack up in the money race. The analysis takes into consideration donations to campaign committees and unaffiliated PACs in support of the candidates. So far, the numbers are looking low.

Before we get started on the money race, here's how the liberal and conservative hopefuls line up based off the latest polling data from RealClearPolitics (RCP). Let's compare!

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