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Iowa caucuses
Wed, 2020-Feb-05 01:05 UTC
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With 539,892 views on Tuesday, 4 February 2020 our article of the day is Iowa caucuses.

The Iowa caucuses are biennial electoral events for members of the Democratic and Republican Parties in the U. S. state of Iowa. Unlike primary elections in most other U. S. states, where registered voters go to polling places to cast ballots, Iowans instead gather at local caucus meetings to discuss and vote on the candidates. During both the presidential and midterm election seasons, registered Iowan voters vote in a per-precinct caucus for the party of which they are registered as a member. The caucuses are also held to select delegates to county conventions and party committees, among other party activities. The Iowa caucuses are noteworthy as the first major contest of the United States presidential primary season. Although caucus-goers have been unrepresentative of the nation's overall ethnic demographic, caucuses are still seen by some as a strong indicator of how a presidential candidate will do in later contests. This could be seen as a circular argument, however, as the Iowa caucus, being the first, likely strongly influences later races and can provide candidates with momentum going into the following contests. Further, candidates who do poorly in the Iowa caucus are likely to drop out in the following days. The 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses and the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses

took place on February 3, 2020.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:05 UTC on Wednesday, 5 February 2020.

For the full current version of the article, see Iowa caucuses on Wikipedia.

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