Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg prepare to caucus for him in a high school gym, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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The Iowa caucuses have traditionally heralded the start of the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating contest. But the party, eager to maintain the White House, is redesigning that process.
Before the primary, Buttigieg said his campaign had the ‘strongest momentum.’
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When candidates beat pollsters’ expectations, that can mean more positive media coverage.
Pete Buttigieg has emerged as a surprise frontrunner at the Iowa caucuses.
While much of the focus is on the Iowa result, it is a small, largely white, state – the key results for the presidential nominee will come in on March 3.
Paper ballots – the key to reconstructing what happened in Iowa.
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With electronic voting and vote-counting machines susceptible to hacking, paper ballots ensure recounts are possible – and accurate.
Seth Barnes, a staffer for Democratic presidential hopeful Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, makes calls to potential voters, Jan. 29, 2020.
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What will happen to campaign workers after the Feb. 3 caucuses? It’s a question that’s in the cold Iowa air, carrying with it a subtle message about the state of democratic politics.
Volunteers in Iowa ahead of the Iowa caucus listening to a speaker on Jan. 25, 2020.
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Schools and colleges can teach political hope that can help citizens make better choices.
While Bernie Sanders is polling strongest in Iowa, Joe Biden remains the national frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Polls are showing Bernie Sanders leading in next week’s important Iowa caucuses- but polls have been notoriously bad at predicting caucuses’ outcomes.
Like the other Democratic candidates for president, Elizabeth Warren has spent months canvassing Iowa to meet voters while spending little time in other states.
Americans didn’t always have primaries and caucuses to choose presidential candidates. The system was meant to be more democratic, but it places too much attention on largely white, small states.
On Jan. 3, 2012, voters sign in on caucus night at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.
How did a small, rural state become so influential in the presidential nominating process? A political scientist traces the development of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus.
Strips of native prairie grasses planted on Larry and Margaret Stone’s Iowa farm protect soil, water and wildlife.
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Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign house party on July 27, 2019, in Bow, N.H.
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While other countries set strict limits on the length of campaigns, American presidential races have become drawn-out, yearslong affairs. It wasn’t always this way.
Trump’s performances never fail to make breaking news, securing him the public’s attention.
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Donald Trump has applied the lessons of winning a TV audience to politics. Much as we might deplore the theatre of entertaining voters, we can’t wish it away.
Let the horse race begin.
America’s way of choosing its president is marred by murky voting methods, a warped calendar, and too much hype.
Welcome to the 2016 Iowa Caucus.
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