Why Iowa Matters (VIDEO)

IowaSet for January 3 at 7 p.m. CTL, the Iowa caucuses mark the first chance Republican presidential candidates get to officially assess where they stand with voters. As a result, the state gets an inordinate amount of attention, both from the candidates and the media.

But unless you're an Iowan yourself or you closely follow political news, you're probably a little confused about why the small state of Iowa matters so much and how caucuses even work.

Well, friends, I'm here to help! We've made a handy video explaining the Iowa issue in a nutshell. I'm including the video in this post, as well as other helpful resources explaining the caucuses.

In just a few minutes, you'll be able to discuss the Iowa caucuses at your family Christmas party with all the aplomb of a Meet the Press pundit!


First, check out our video for an overview on how Iowa figures in to the presidential election process:

Now that you have a general idea of why Iowa matters and how the caucuses work, here are some helpful explanations on exactly what happens at an Iowa caucus -- it's very different from a primary!

Part of what I want to do with this blog is make you, the reader, feel like you understand the issues that everyone's talking about on the news. I hear too many moms out there admit that they tune out when the news comes on because they don't really have any idea of what the reporters and 'expert' guests are talking about.

Well now, when it comes to Iowa, anyway, you know exactly what's up!

Any questions?


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