Iowa Caucuses Explained: 2012's First Event

Why does Iowa get to go first? And why no ballot boxes in a Caucus? We explain.
1:10 | 12/09/11

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The products they host the first official vote of the 2012 presidential campaign. The -- caucus comes from a native American board meeting a gathering of tribal leaders. There are no voting booths or machines like in a traditional primary I was simply. Political parties at local spot Catholic Church fires take a private homes. Republican. Simple secret ballots that Democrats are more complex process yeah caucus goers separate into small groups of -- for the candidate they support. It'll be less complicated history since President Obama is the only Democrat right. Since 1972. High -- have probably voted for us and state political titans now we'll. Keep their first in the nation caucus status and then yeah. Economic growth that comes with -- in 2008 an estimated one million dollars was spent by the candidates in Iowa. A good showing in Iowa is vital no candidate that has finished worse than third has ever gone on to win their party's nominee.

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