Iowa caucus 2016 countdown: Democratic, Republican caucus date, time and poll results live
DES MOINES, Iowa: Iowa is a small state in the US with just over three million population. Nonehteless it is part of the American heartland and plays larger than life role when it comes to determining the future of US politics.
The fight for the US president â€“a rather very long and tiresome fight indeed â€“will begin tomorrow when Republican and Democratic supporters vote to elect their respective candidate for the presidential polls.
The polling is going to be held in more than a thousand schools and libraries and even private homes in a few cases throughout Iowa and there is every possibility that the turnout will be very high. The state sends 30 Republican and 52 Democratic delegates.
The real election for the US president will be held towards the end of the year 2016 on November 8, nonehteless the real test for the Presidential hopefuls on both sides of spectrum will begin tomorrow.
Tom Henderson, chairman of the Democratic Party in Polk County while talking about the stateâ€™s role in the election says, â€œIowans see it as a great privilege and a great gift. They take their role very seriouslyâ€. The caucuses will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. CST, and results are expected within two or three hours. Most gatherings will be in schools, community centers or other public locations, although at least two Republican caucuses will be in private homes and one Democratic caucus will be held at an equestrian center.
While the two parties are involved in bitter campaigning against each other, they tend to hold many caucuses in similar buildings. Though most often the state Republican and Democratic parties run their caucuses separately. While Republicans are going to have more than 800 caucus sites, Democrats will have as many as 1,100 caucuses.
When it comes to selecting their candidates both parties follow different rules. Iowa Democrats gather in groups by candidate preference in a public display of support, a tradition that can allow for shifts back and forth. If a candidate does not reach the threshold of support of 15 percent of voters in a caucus needed to be considered viable, that candidates’ supporters are released to back another contender, leading to another round of persuasion. On the other hand Republicans are more straightforward. They write their vote privately on a sheet of paper that is collected and counted at the site by caucus officials. A surrogate or volunteer from each campaign may speak to their neighbors in a last-ditch plea for support, adding to the uncertainty going into the process.