As the 2012 New Hampshire Primary looms ahead, take a look at previous winners on both sides of the political aisle and judge for yourself whether the primary is a proper estimate of a candidate's presidential viability.
Iran has repeatedly threatened it will close the Strait of Hormuz waterway, through which one-fifth of the world's oil supplies pass every day, if new oil sanctions are imposed on Tehran for it's nuclear ambitions. Iran, the world's No. 3 energy exporter, relies on oil exports to finance as much as half its national budget.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by a mere eight votes over surprise contender and former Senator Rick Santorum. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished in a strong third place, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry filling out the rest of the top five.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was commemerated in the North Korean capitol of Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011. Crowds of wailing citizens lined the streets as his body was driven through the city, and his son and successor Kim Jong Un made a rare public appearance.
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