This Week In Politics: Iowa Presidential Caucus
The 2020 Iowa Presidential Caucus is happening today. If you had no plans of watching here are three reasons why you should reconsider. Let me also add that criticisms surrounding the Iowa Caucus and the lack of diversity are warranted and fair.
First, the Iowa Caucus is important because it is sort of like a temperature check. The results give one a glimpse at how well or poorly presidential candidates may perform as the election cycle progresses. This will be especially important considering that in our last election cycle number 45 won Iowa with 51.1% of the vote. It is not unusual for a candidate to drop out of the race after a poor caucus showing.
Second, the caucus is a form of primary voting. However, instead of going to a polling location and secretly casting a vote; several local gatherings are hosted and attended by voters. During those meetings, discussions are held regarding perspective candidates. At the end of the meeting a candidate is selected. These decisions have direct consequences because afterwards are the conventions for both the Democratic and Republican Party. It is at these conventions where each party unifies behind a single candidate they feel will best represent their respective party.
Finally, there is so much at stake this presidential election. If you have a candidate that you are pulling for, watching the caucus is a must. Often times voters make the decision to drop their favorite and get behind whoever has a better chance of winning or hit the pavement to drum up support for their preferred candidate. This event is one of several important events in this political cycle. The Iowa Presidential Caucus results will be reported live on various platforms. Check you local listing for times.