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Why the Iowa Caucus is Important for the Democratic Party

Last updated on August 19, 2020

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Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken. 

In every presidential election cycle, all eyes are focused on the Iowa Caucus. While the election moves on regardless of the winner, the winner of the caucus will most likely win the nomination. Being the first major presidential contest, every media outlet reports on its results.

It separates the strong candidates from the weak and indicates how candidates will do in later contests. Winners of a democratic caucus are determined by voters standing in a room. Voters will go to a side of a room designated for a candidate and the people are counted. 

If a candidate receives fifteen percent of the voter population they are considered viable for a Presidential Preference Card. The winner may be proclaimed hours or days after the end of the caucus. 

On February 3rd, the Iowa Caucus for the 2020 Presidential Democratic nomination will take place. Since President Trump has a strong grip on the Republican party, it is safe to assume he is the Republican nominee. If he were to be removed by the Senate or loose to the other two Republican candidates, then he will not be the eventual nominee. 

However, since these are rare outcomes, the RNC will likely run with Trump. The bid for the Democratic nomination is different. As of now, there are four major candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. Sanders, Biden, Buttigieg, and Warren are all polling at double digits. Unfortunately for managing editor, Edwin Tieu, Andrew Yang is polling at five percent for the Iowa Caucus according to Emerson College. Given this fact, Yang will most likely not win the nomination. However, everyone is focusing on the battle between Sanders and Biden. 

Sanders is polling at twenty-eight percent and Biden is polling at twenty-one percent. If Sanders wins the Iowa Caucus, he will most likely become the nominee. If Biden wins, he will become the nominee. The future of the Democratic party lies within the winner of the Iowa Caucus and the eventual nominee. 

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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