Someone in America

Can you explain to me what Iowa caucus is and why its so important? Does it only happen in Iowa? If so why? If not why is Iowa so important.

 

I get there is a hold up for some reason but have the results been announced and if so what does that mean for the winner?

I will probably have more questions but nothing is making any sense on my normal news sources, they just seem to think I should know what this is, however I have learnt that pigs outnumber humans 6 to 1 in Iowa, which is very important when I am trying to find out what an Iowa caucus is

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26 Responses to Someone in America

  1. No we don’t honestly understand it ourselves. Just another distraction that’s all. Hopefully folks have their hope in something other than government. If not I feel so bad for them.

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  2. The Iowa caucus is important because it’s the first major caucus of the presidential election year. Voters attend the caucuses to hear the parties presidential candidates speak on issues, and then vote. There are other caucuses throughout the year, but Iowa is important because it’s the first in the election year. In general, how well the candidates do early in the caucuses are usually a good indication of who will be the frontrunner for each party for the election.

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  3. Like most of American politics, it’s antiquated and inefficient. If you want to see a circus, come hang out here leading up to Election Day.

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  4. Suze says:

    A state’s primary election or caucus is usually an indirect election: instead of voters directly selecting a particular person running for president, they determine the number of delegates each party’s national convention will receive from their respective state. Then when the people vote in Novemeber, the “electors” are SUPPOSED to vote for the majority winner of that state’s election. They rarely do though and simply vote for whichever “their” party is. The Iowa Caucus is “important in that it is the first caucus scheduled..it is generally held two months before any other state, and after the results are in historically several people will drop out of the race for the nomination.

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  5. fakeflamenco says:

    Lexington Bookie and Suze gave great, concise answers. If you want a longer one, I found this link informative: https://people.howstuffworks.com/iowa-caucus.htm
    My one sentence would be: Iowa is influential as the first official public choosing of presidential candidates, which influences the voters in the subsequent 49 states in their choosing.

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  6. Carol Anne says:

    Interesting reading everyones answers! I’m not into politics but I found it interesting!

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  7. A caucus (dictionary definition) is when “a meeting at which local members of a political party register their preference among candidates running for office or select delegates to attend a convention.” The Iowa Caucus is when people of the political party in Iowa register their preference among candidates running from that party.

    There are caucuses and primaries in other states, but the early competitions (Iowa Caucus being the first, followed by primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina) are extremely important from a momentum standpoint. If you do well in those early states, you get a huge boost of funding and support heading towards Super Tuesday (the day when you have a huge number of state primaries and caucuses). If you do poorly in those states, then support and funding tends to fizzle out, and the candidate has to drop out (unless you are a billionaire and then you can stay in as long as you want).

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