What Actually Happens at the Iowa Caucus?
Jan 27, 2016
The Iowa caucus kicks off the Presidential primary season. Over the 44 years that Iowa has held first-to-vote status, its caucus has developed into a key point of interest for presidential hopefuls—rewarding winners with momentum and a surge in media attention. And yet, despite its outsized role in American politics, the workings of the Iowa caucus remain mysterious to many Americans. What exactly is a caucus, and how does it proceed on the ground in Iowa? The Atlantic’s Caty Green looks to the assistant politics editor Priscilla Alvarez for answers.
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Authors: Greyson Korhonen, Daniel Lombroso, Catherine Green
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