In Iowa, Democratic voters are participating in caucuses to determine who will rival President Donald Trump in the November election, CNN reports.
This state, populated predominantly by white residents of rural areas, often determines the fate of candidate campaigns – this is where intra-party elections begin. Since 1996, every Democrat who won the caucuses in Iowa was eventually nominated for the presidential election.
According to polls, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is ahead of his three closest party members – Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Butidzhich.
The four are leading the race, but Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, entrepreneur Andrew Young, billionaire Tom Steier, and Hawaii House of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard also have a chance to win a certain portion of the vote.
Tens of thousands of state residents participate in caucuses. A sophisticated electoral system counts the results of more than 1,600 small congresses to determine 41 national delegates, of which the party candidate will ultimately be selected in June 2020.
To support their delegate, voters must be physically present at the caucus site.
Iowa, as well as Nevada and Wyoming, are the only ones to host such caucuses.
The other 47 states have so-called “primaries,” during which party voters cast ballots for the party candidate they support. Caucuses provide for voting not by ballots, but literally by their own bodies.
The US presidential election will be held in November 2020. The Republican Party will be attended by incumbent President Donald Trump, who is applying for a second term.