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2020 Candidates Look for Early Boost in First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses

The nations first caucuses were being held on Feb. 3 in Iowa, a highly sought-after state for Democr..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at February 4, 2020

The nations first caucuses were being held on Feb. 3 in Iowa, a highly sought-after state for Democratic presidential candidates looking to win the partys nomination.

Iowa has an estimated 49 delegates, comprised of 41 pledged delegates and eight superdelegates. Voters go to the caucuses and fill out a card with their top choice and results are tallied and reported in what the Iowa Democratic Party refers to (pdf) as the “first alignment,” or “first expression of preference.”

For candidates who dont reach a set viability threshold, their supporters can either switch to another candidate or try to lure other voters whose first-choice candidates were non-viable, in hopes of making a non-viable candidate viable in the second round. Supporters of candidates who meet the 15 percent threshold arent allowed to change to another candidate.

After the switches, results are tallied again and reported in whats called the “final alignment,” or “final expression of preference.”

Those results are used to reach a number called the “state delegate equivalents” that each candidate earned. That number determines how many national delegates the candidates get at the Democratic National Convention, which is being held in July. Iowas delegates wont get to vote until then but candidates, donors, and other Democrats will watch closely to see who got the most support.

A strong showing in Iowa has portended well for previous candidates, including Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, who went on to become president. Six of the nine caucus winners in years that didnt have a Democratic incumbent president running went on to become the Democratic nominee.

“The winner of the Iowa caucus doesnt always become the partys candidate, but a poor showing in Iowa often leads candidates to withdraw,” the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs says on its website.

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Left: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 19, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Right: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on the campaign trail in Fairfield, Iowa, on Dec. 20, 2019. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at an event in Washington on Jan. 30, 2020. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gives high-fives to campaign volunteers following a town hall meeting at Penn Central Mall in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Jan. 25, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) listens to a question during a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Oct. 1, 2019. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

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