You might be wondering what a caucus is with the 2020 presidential elections coming up. A caucus is a meeting at which local members of a political party register their preference among candidates running for office or select delegates to attend a convention. Caucuses select election candidates, to be frank. These last couple of weeks have been the Democratic presidential caucuses.
How were caucuses invented?
The system was introduced after George Washington had announced his retirement upon the end of his second term when the Democratic-Republican Party and Federalist Party began contesting elections on a partisan basis. Both parties may have held informal caucuses in 1796 to try to decide on their candidates.
What are caucus states?
Caucus states are states that held caucuses. The most famous one this season was Iowa. In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg won with 13 delegates and Bernie sanders close behind with 12 delegates. All states either have a Caucus or a Primary. Either the Democratic or Republican has a primary or caucus in one state. Kentucky is a little different where the Democratic party and Republican party have a caucus.
You´ll have to watch the news for the rest of the updates on the caucuses. I hoped this helps you understand the caucus system. After all, they will decide who gets to the primaries then who becomes our president. I suggest you say posted. I know I will.
Story by Rowan Lindsey
Source 1) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/us/politics/what-states-caucus.html
Source 2) https://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/student-resources/think-the-vote/primaries-and-caucuses/
Source 3) https://www.businessinsider.com/primaries-caucuses-differences-between-which-states-2019-3