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Iowa Caucus: Why does it start in the Midwest?

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The Iowa caucus is less than two weeks away and another presidential candidate is heading back to Lee County Tuesday.

This marks Pete Buttigieg's third stop in Lee County during the campaign season.

So you may be wondering why does Iowa go first in the country?

Amid the Vietnam War and racial tensions back in 1968, Iowa democrats wanted to make the process more inclusive.

Starting in 1972, the state's democratic party scheduled its caucus earlier to pushed their vote ahead of the national party in order to include the voice of the people.

In 1976, the republican party followed suit.

Lee County's party chairs believe this same system still works 48 years later.

"These people in Iowa represent the average person in the United States, and I would agree with that," Lee County Republican Chair Martin Graber said. "We represent most of the people when you get away from those coastal areas. I think Iowa has been a great place to do it and it has worked so far."

"I think it's a great opportunity for us," Lee County Democract Chair Mary Reisberg said. "I think it is important that it is in a smaller state like ours, so candidates can go across the state and meet more people."

Since 1972, the top democratic vote-getter in the Iowa caucus has gone on to win the nomination 70-percent of the time.

For republicans, just over a third have won the nomination.

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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