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Iowa Caucus: What you should know

Here’s the 411 on the Iowa Caucus:

First, let’s go over what a caucus is because I, personally, had no idea. Sorry, America.

Caucus: (n) A meeting of members of a legislative body, who are members of a particular political party, to select candidates or decide on policy.

So, basically, last night the Democratic and Republican parties voted for the first time on who they want to represent them in the Presidential Race. It’s similar to a regular primary, but a caucus is more of an event than a ballot election. A caucus is run by state party officials while a primary is run by the state government. Caucuses take place at a specific time while a primary is open all day.

Now that you have a little background info, let’s jump into the results:

Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination with 27% of the vote.

Donald Trump placed second which prompted hundreds of retweets of a tweet Trump posted in 2013 reading: “‘No one remembers who came in second.’ – Walter Hagen”.

Ohio’s own, John Kasich polled with only 1.9% but has taken second place in New Hampshire which is next in line for primary elections.

The Democratic vote was almost a tie, with Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders by 0.3%. Literally, by six coin tosses according to The Blaze.

Allegations of voter fraud have been reported for Clinton and the Iowa Democratic party reported 90 precincts missing data. Sanders has asked for a “raw recount.”

If you want to vote in the Ohio primaries on March 15, make sure you’re registered as a Republican or Democratic voter by February 16.

Updated at 1:35 p.m.: Clinton has officially beat Sanders by .02%.

Lauren Every

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