Iowa held its Democratic and Republican caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016. 52 delegates were at stake for the Democrats and 30 delegates for the Republicans.
Why The State Is Significant:
• Iowa traditionally holds the nation’s first nominating contest: the Iowa caucuses. A strong finish in the Hawkeye State can be key to propelling presidential candidates into the rest of the primary season and many contenders visit all of the state's 99 counties.
• In 2012, Iowa, which is known as a swing state, voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 46 percent.
• Ted Cruz won the 2016 Iowa caucuses, followed by Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. Hillary Clinton prevailed on the Democratic side over Bernie Sanders.
• According to entrance polls, three-quarters of both Cruz’s and Rubio’s supporters were looking mainly for electability or a candidate who shares their values; by contrast, three-quarters of Trump supporters were mainly looking for someone who can bring needed change or who tells like it is.