Democratic Iowa Caucus


Jose-Ramon Serrano, Staff Writer

The Democratic Iowa caucus was an important moments for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders because it was the first state to vote for who they want as President. The fact the state of Iowa did not had a caucus in 8 years and many who was voted at the caucus were first time voters. The first time voter’s were mostly younger voter’s.

Both candidates have work very hard to get as mush votes as they can. But both candidates knew that the Iowa caucus was going to be a close race, in which the media was not about to tell who have win the Iowa caucus until the next day in the morning. Not even CNN wasn’t able to tell there viewers who won the Iowa caucus. It was just to close to call.

What is a caucus?

According to states that a caucus is often held at school gyms, town halls, and other public venues, caucuses are local meetings that are financed and managed by the two major parties in which registered party members gather to discuss and express support for the various presidential candidates. The parties run their events a little differently.

Republicans cast a secret ballot for their preferred candidate, while Democrats physically grouped themselves according to the candidate they supported and then took a tally. Democratic candidates must attract a minimum percentage of all the attendees to receive delegates. (Reformers in the 1970s introduced a viability threshold to weed out smaller, potentially divisive factions.)

Caucus participants are technically not choosing a presidential candidate but rather choosing delegates who will represent them in voting for their candidate at the next convention level (county, congressional district, and state) where a similar process takes place. Delegates for the national convention are selected at the state and congressional district conventions.

The caucus system did not develop to serve a modern presidential nomination process but arose in many jurisdictions simply to help the political parties organize at the local level. Parties in states like Iowa, where caucuses are held every two years, still see the value in this grassroots system, even as most states have adopted primaries.

So now you get an understanding of what a caucus is, but we can’t for get that at the time of the Iowa caucus there were 3 candidates running for President which were Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley. All three candidates worked hard to win, but for former Gov. Martin O’Malley did not go so well for him in the state of Iowa. It was because the media did not focus so much to Gov O’Malley. All they had focus on were Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Senator Bernie. So because that was happening Gov. O’Malley was not able to market himself the way he had planned. If you really look into it we have a candidate that has name recognition and been around in politics for years. Than we have another candidate that been in the senate for a number of year and already set up his mission which is getting a lot attention from a lot of voter’s. Due to this issue that Gov O’Malley had; he was not able to continue on running for President. Just the fact of knowing that your chance’s to win was not very high.

As the Iowa caucus became to an end, at that moment the race was to close to call between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Did both candidates knew it was going to be close like this, I gust they did. Just the fact that Iowa was the first state to vote.

The candidate who won the Iowa caucus was Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with  49.9%. She only won with only 0.2%, higher than for Sen. Bernie Sanders had 49.6% of the vote’s. This race was really close to one point where they was going to call it a tie between both candidate, but did not happen like that.

Looking back to Gov. Martin O’Malley that lost the Iowa caucus; he decide to suspended his presidential campaign. If you really look at the turn out, he really had no chance of winning.

Now it’s between Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.