Dumbfounded by Reality
Alan Chung Ma, Sr. – February 7, 2020
On Monday, February 3rd, Iowans around the country, and the world, went to the nearest caucus location to discuss and decide who they see as the fittest candidate for the position of Presidential nominee for their preferred party. Currently, at 99% reporting, Pete Buttigieg is leading with 26.2% of the popular vote by only 0.1% ahead of Sanders, followed by Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer.
The Iowa Caucus is the first of a string of many more primary elections to come; these are used like a litmus test to weed out “unfit” candidates and narrow down the field of candidates to a select few that are more popular. The Iowa Caucus is quite significant for the Democratic Party as throughout the past, it has accurately predicted the future presidential nominee as seen in the 2016 Iowa Caucus, which correctly predicted Hilary Clinton to be the Democratic Candidate.
Caucuses are in simple terms—public voting. People went to caucus locations and gathered in groups that showed support for a candidate, groups that had a proportion of less than 15% were asked to align with another group, they are called the first and second alignment respectively.
Pete Buttigieg celebrated his victory preemptively, and risks losing his merit if the results come out and show he is close second behind. It seems unlikely, but if Bernie Sanders catches up to Pete Buttigieg, it would likely heavily impact the course of discussion in the upcoming New Hampshire debate, and consequentially, the New Hampshire primaries. Another thing of note is Joe Biden’s weak performance, coming out with a measly 15.8%.