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Iowa Caucus History

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In 1846, Iowa's political parties adopted a caucus and convention system, but the events held in March or April were obscure local events that fell in the middle of the national presidential nominating schedule. A lot has changed and now Iowa finds itself as the first crucial test on the path to the presidential nomination.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY RESULTS

2012

Barack Obama (Unopposed)

2008

Barack Obama
John Edwards
Hillary Clinton

2004

John Kerry
John Edwards
Howard Dean

2000

Al Gore
Bill Bradley

1996

Bill Clinton (Unopposed) 

1992

Tom Harkin
Uncommitted 
Paul Tsongas
Bill Clinton 

1988

Richard Gephardt
Paul Simon
Michael Dukakis

1984

Walter Mondale
Gary Hart
George McGovern

1980

Jimmy Carter
Ted Kennedy

1976

Uncommitted
Jimmy Carter

REPUBLICAN PARTY RESULTS

2012

Rick Santorum
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul
Newt Gingrich
Rick Perry
Michele Bachmann
Jon Huntsman

2008

Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney
Fred Thompson
John McCain

2004

George W. Bush (Unopposed)

2000

George W. Bush
Steve Forbes
Alan Keyes

1996

Bob Dole
Pat Buchanan 

1992

George H.W. Bush (Unopposed)

1988

Bob Dole
Pat Robertson
George H.W. Bush

1984

Ronald Reagan (Unopposed) 

1980

George H.W. Bush
Ronald Reagan 

1976

Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan