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Bell Ringer: How the Iowa Caucuses Work

How the Iowa Caucuses Work

Iowa political reporter James Lynch talked about the history and importance of Iowa’s caucuses, which are traditionally the first primary in the presidential nominating process. He also discussed how the caucuses work and their history in selecting presidents.

Description

Iowa political reporter James Lynch talked about the history and importance of Iowa’s caucuses, which are traditionally the first primary in the presidential nominating process. He also discussed how the caucuses work and their history in selecting presidents.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Historically, how successful have the Iowa Caucuses been at selecting the new president?
  • What does Mr. Lynch say is the biggest function of the Iowa Caucuses?
  • What can winning the Iowa Caucuses show voters in other states about a candidate and his/her campaign?
  • How are the Democratic and Republican procedures during the caucus different?
  • Describe the process in which the caucuses select delegates and candidates.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Campaign
    • Caucus
    • Delegate
    • Iowa Caucuses
    • Political Party
    • Preference Group
    • Primary
    • Straw Poll
    • Winnowing The Field

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsPolitical Parties

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity