It’s a new ballgame after Iowa

With the victory of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the narrowly declared win of Hillary Clinton Monday in Iowa’s caucuses, the presidential campaign circus moves on to New Hampshire on Tuesday.

And the field will feel different.

Not only because Donald Trump didn’t finish first, but also because of the attention other candidates gave to New Hampshire.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent last weekend and more traversing the Granite State, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has spent days working the state, too.

There were departures after Iowa, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum on the GOP side, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on the Democrat side.

If Iowa proved one thing, it was that polls don’t always represent an accurate picture of what’s actually going on. Trump should have won decisively, if polls are to be believed.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was close on Trump’s heels, which also wasn’t predicted.

What it all means is that, after the interminable primary debate season, the election season has begun in earnest. The circus atmosphere that seemed to prevail will, finally, we believe, begin to be replaced by substance. Voters, hopefully, will begin to look for more than sound bites and quips in social media and start paying attention as the candidates press the flesh in localities big and small.

On to New Hampshire.