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Then-Secretary of State Pompeo at the White House in December. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

C-SPAN tells me "Road to the White House 2024" coverage begins Friday with Mike Pompeo in Iowa, speaking to the Machine Shed in Urbandale to the Westside Conservative Club, to be shown later that day.

Flashback ... Here's how past cycles started, courtesy of C-SPAN communications director Howard Mortman:

2020 D: Julian Castro, New Hampshire, Feb. 16, 2018

  • 2020 R: Jeff Flake, New Hampshire, March 16, 2018

2016 D: Joe Biden, South Carolina, May 3, 2013

  • 2016 R: Ted Cruz, South Carolina, May 3, 2013

2012 R: Mitt Romney in New Hampshire Sept. 25, 2010

2008 D: John Edwards in New Hampshire, Feb. 5, 2005

  • 2008 R: Mitt Romney in South Carolina, Feb. 21, 2005
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