January 3, 2012

The Iowa Caucuses

What today's event is all about.

Scott: Barack Obama will most likely be chosen by the Democratic Party since he is the current president but Repulican candidates have to fight it out to see who wins their party’s nomination and goes head-to-head with President Obama in November, battling to be the 45th president of the United States.

So, now do you know why we are here in iowa? Well, if not, I will help you out. See, Iowa is the first state to hold a vote during primary season and, today, folks in neighborhoods like this one across the state will be choosing who they want for the Republican candidate in the Iowa caucus.

The Iowa caucuses are essentially neighborhood meetings in schools, churches, libraries, even peoples homes. It is a chance for registered voters to voice their opinions on who they feel should get their party’s presidential nomination.

For Republicans, it works like this: Representatives for each candidate get to speak and make the case why Iowans should support their candidate. And then the voters get a blank piece of paper and they write down their choice. Then turn it in. Pretty simple, right?

The results are non-binding, meaning the winner isn’t guaranteed to be the choice of Iowa delegates at the Republican National Convention later this year. That is when Republicans officially choose who will go up against President Obama.

So why is everybody talking about it? Since Iowa is the first state to vote, it gives a good idea of which candidates the voters like, and can give momentum to the winners, and losers often drop out of the race.

Iowa has been the first major step in the presidential election process since 1972, but that hasn’t stopped other states from trying to have more influence over the political process by moving their dates earlier.

One big criticism of placing so much emphasis on Iowa is that iowa voters aren’t an accurate reflection of the country.


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