What’s a Caucus?

There needs to be a better way to elect a President. One state has caucused* for their nominee and two candidates thusly dropped out. Forty-nine states won’t even get a chance to vote for them!

I heard on NPR that the majority of the winners in Iowa go on to become their party’s nominee. If that’s the case, it means one of two things:

1) Iowa is a fairly accurate predictor of overall US voter preference (so then why bother with the rest of the primaries), or

2) The rest of the country is swayed—with the generous help of the media—to agree with Iowa’s decision (which isn’t fair or acceptable).

So, the competition has begun. However, this long, grueling exercise is more of an endurance race than ascertaining who is the most electable candidate to represent their party.

Next up: New Hampshire and then Michigan(my home state—I’ll have more to say about that in a few days!)

* The Free Dictionary defines Caucus as “A meeting of the local members of a political party especially to select delegates to a convention or register preferences for candidates running for office.”

Wordsmith Peter DeHaan is a magazine publisher by day and a writer by night. Visit to receive his newsletter, read his blog, or connect on social media.

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