First in the nation. Catch the excitement of the national political scene every four years in Greater Des Moines. Ninety-nine counties select delegates for the presidential nominating conventions.
Politicians. Campaign headquarters. National media. And special events. The Metro becomes a hub for political enthusiasts during the Iowa Caucus.
The Caucus Process
- The Iowa Caucus is held in January.
- Each precinct in the state meets in a specific location, such as a school, library or church.
- Republicans cast a vote by writing the candidate's name on a blank piece of paper.
- Democrats spend around 30 minutes in groups for each candidate trying to convince each other (especially those who are undecided) to switch support to their candidate. Any candidate must receive a certain percentage of the total votes in the room. If a candidate is determined to be not viable (by that percentage), their supporters must disband to support another candidate, remain undecided or abstain. Another 30 minutes is allowed to persuade the undecided voters.
- A second head count is taken and the remaining candidates are awarded delegates.
- Delegates then go to the county convention where they vote for delegates to attend the district and state conventions.