5 key questions going into Iowa Caucuses

Winning Iowa doesn’t guarantee a nomination, but faring poorly could mean doom

After months of polling, debates and campaigning, the first tangible result toward determining the Democratic nominee for president will take place Monday.

The Iowa Caucuses will kick off what will be a busy two months of primaries, which will likely establish the Democratic candidate who will oppose President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

Here are five key questions going into the Iowa Caucuses.

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How is a caucus different than a primary?

A caucus is a polling place where registered voters gather, have discussions and vote on the candidates openly. There are 1,678 precincts in Iowa, so voters gather at a designated church, school, or other type of building, to hold their caucus and vote not only on which presidential candidates they prefer to be nominated, but also what delegates are selected to conventions and party committees.

Voters indicate their support for a particular candidate by standing in a designated area of the caucus site. Candidates who get at least 15% of votes are then deemed “viable,” which means those who voted for them turn in their cards and leave.


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