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Preview of the Iowa caucuses

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An audience member arrives at a rally for 2020 Dem presidential candidate.
An audience member arrives at a rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on March 8, 2019. More than two years have passed since the first presidential announcement, nearly $1 billion spent and numerous candidates have already come and gone. And yet, the Democrats' turbulent 2020 primary season officially begins Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
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While candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have long been on the campaign trail, this week’s caucuses in Iowa mark the start of presidential primary season. Polling reveals support for Sen. Bernie Sanders, but other candidates seeing support include former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Join host Kerri Miller for a conversation with an Iowan political scientist exploring how the caucuses work and what new rules this year mean for the process. They’ll also discuss the state of the race for president and what to watch for as other states hold their primary nominating events.


  • Tim Hagle, political science professor at the University of Iowa and author of “Riding the Caucus Rollercoaster.”

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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