New York Times, CNN and Reuters: the U.S. Democratic Party held the nation’s first primary vote in the state of Iowa in the form of a caucus with 11 candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts senator warren. The primary is seen as the start of the 2020 us presidential campaign and a bellwether, with all sides trying to drum up votes.
In every election year, Iowa is the first state to vote, which to some extent ACTS as a bellwether, and who wins first has a good chance of winning in other states. It was here that Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Sanders by four-party votes in 2016 and went on to win state primaries before clinching the nomination. Iowa USES a “Caucus” system, in which people meet to debate before voting, as opposed to the Primary, in which individual votes are counted.
Eight of the 11 candidates for the democratic presidential election came to Iowa on Sunday to make last-minute appeals. Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren and Mr. Klobuchar of Minnesota are among the senators who have spent the past two weeks in Washington as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Trump, hampering their campaigns. They spent the weekend in Iowa, attending a series of rallies and events to rally support. The sanders team also enlisted Bon Iver as a guest at a promotional concert to try to capture the youth vote.
More than 600,000 registered Democrats in Iowa were invited to caucus and vote at approximately 1,700 locations at 7 p.m. local time Wednesday.
The favorites are evenly matched
The race is tight, with Biden, sanders, and warren seen as favorites. But most analysts say several of the top contenders are too close to call in Iowa to expect a wide margin of victory. Polls on the eve of the vote showed that nearly one in two registered Democratic voters in the state was still undecided.
Biden, a party veteran in his third Iowa primary, has the support of many of the state’s current and former local leaders, but attendance at recent rallies has declined, raising questions about his popularity. He himself vowed to the Associated Press on January 31 that he believes he will do well in the primary.
Mr. Sanders, 78, who has been rising in the polls recently, made no secret of his disapproval of Mr. Trump at a rally in Indianola, Iowa, saying: “We must and will defeat the most dangerous President in the modern history of this country.”
Ms Warren, who is popular with female voters, sees herself as the party’s best hope of rallying party members and challenging Mr. Trump in a pitched battle, as well as shattering claims that sexism is holding back women from the White House.
Bloomberg is expected to take part in the primary debate
The three front-runners are joined by Michael Bloomberg, the media mogul and former New York mayor who suddenly announced his candidacy in November. A Democratic primary debate will take place in Nevada on February 19. The party announced new rules on January 31 that will eliminate the need for candidates to raise large, small donations to demonstrate grassroots support, which could help Bloomberg qualify for the fight.
Mr. Bloomberg, whose $60 billion campaign is financed entirely by personal wealth, would not have been able to enter the Democratic Party’s old debate threshold because he did not have the people to raise money. Mr. Bloomberg’s silver bullet has come under fire from other party candidates.