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How Do You Win the Iowa Caucus (and Why Does That Matter)? | Ringer PhD

In several weeks, the 2020 Iowa caucuses will set the tone for the Democratic presidential primary campaign. But why does it matter so much, and how is a caucus different from a regular primary?

In several weeks, the 2020 Iowa caucuses will set the tone for the Democratic presidential primary campaign. But why do they matter so much, and how is a caucus different from a regular primary? The caucuses have historically provided a platform for insurgent candidates to succeed over more well-funded establishment candidates. But Iowa’s unique demographics and geography, along with the communal aspect of the caucuses themselves, make them one of the least-understood democratic traditions. Sean Fennessey narrates this episode of Ringer PhD, written by Justin Charity.