Welcome to entrehubs rolling coverage of the US Presidential elections coming to you live as results for the party nominations start to roll in. Joining us will be entrehub editor in chief Matthew Tukaki and US correspondent Sarah Morris. We kicked off on the 1st/2nd of February with rolling coverage of the Iowa caucus and some backgrounder on why it is so important. We also look at the key candidates leading on from Iowa and then on to New Hampshire followed by North Carolina.
We start our live feed with "whats up Iowa" and "how can I become President"
Donald Trump loses in Iowa - the surprise is Rubio
Its back to the drawing board for Donald Trump as nealry 100% of the vote counted shows Senator Ted Cruz has one the Iowa caucus for the Republicans with 28% of the vote compared with Donald Trumps 24% and Marco Rubio in at 23%. Trump held a a few points lead coming into the voting and was expected to win albeit in a close race.
Votes coming in from Iowa
Cruz leads Trump 28% to 25% with Rubio just 3% behind on 25%. Meanwhile Clinton is on 50% and Sanders is sitting on 49%. Martin O'Malley has already announced he is suspending his campaign after garnering just 1%. The race is still tight for Clinton with 70% of the votes counted.
This is how they caucus in Iowa
It’s been more than 40 years since Iowans first huddled in homes and office blocks to choose their preferred Democrat and Republican candidates and since then most White House hopefuls who have been successful in winning in the corn belt State have gone on to their party’s nomination. It wasn’t until 1972 that other people outside of the State began to take notice of the what Iowans were up to when candidate George McGovern was convinced to campaign early on that led to a stronger than expected second place finish. Ultimately that showing in Iowa helped him to go on and secure the Democratic nomination but he ultimately went on to fall to Nixon. Four years later and Jimmy Carter were also show strongly in Iowa and this time he would go all of the way and win the Whitehouse having defeated President Ford who took over after Nixon resigned from office. The Republicans joined in during the 76 campaign and since then the eyes of America have been on how Iowans cast their votes. This year they will be followed by New Hampshire and then North Carolina.
Both parties hold their caucuses at the same time starting at 7pm all over the State’s 99 counties and each of the 1,681 precincts. Some meet at homes while others meet in schools and town halls. Each party operates a different voting system. For Democrats it’s a pretty simple process. They break into groups that show support for each candidate. If the group a voter joins is less than 15% of the total present they can either withdraw altogether or join another group in support of another candidate. You can imagine the mood of the room if one or two groups fall short and the game is on to attract them to a new group which, can of course, make all of the difference when it comes to an ultimate winner. Most Democrats go in with a second and even third preference.
Once the final groups are settled the number of votes are tallied and a formula is then used to determine the final votes county by county. For Republicans its even easier. Supporters of each candidate is given the opportunity to make a speech then they go onto privately mark ballots. The ballots are counted then communicated to central office using a smart app and there you have it.
In other words it’s not like voting as we would see in the actual Presidential elections where you have to be registered to vote and prove it.
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