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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Poll Numbers - Look at Huckabee Go!

New poll numbers came out the Dems are in a virtual tie (we really need to defeat Hillary in Iowa and get it over with) and Mike Huckabee might make it a horse race with Mitt Romney on the Republican side, after all. I love the Iowa Caucus, it is really a lot more fun (I participated in it as a youth living there) than a primary because you really get to have more influence when participating in a caucus. For those of you unfamiliar with the Caucus process, the Iowa caucus operates very differently from the more common primary election used by most other states. The caucus is generally defined as a "gathering of neighbors". Rather than going to polls and casting ballots, Iowans gather at a set location in each of Iowa's 1,784 precincts. Typically, these meetings occur in schools, churches, or libraries. The caucuses are held every two years, but the ones that receive national attention are the Presidential preference caucuses held every four years. In addition to the voting, caucus attendees propose planks for their party's platform, select members of the county committees, and discuss issues important to their local organizations.The Iowa caucus does not result directly in national delegates for each candidate, like the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary. Instead, caucus-goers elect delegates to county conventions, who elect delegates to district and state conventions where the national convention delegates are selected.The Republicans and Democrats each hold their own set of caucuses subject to their own particular rules that change from time to time. Participants in each party's caucuses must be registered with that party. Participants can change their registration at the caucus location. Additionally, 17-year-olds can participate, as long as they will be 18 years of age by the date of the general election. Observers are allowed to attend, as long as they do not become actively involved in the debate and voting process."
As I stated in previous posts, I have never liked the Straw Poll (done in Ames Iowa in August) since there is no debate are issues or a really clear choice in frontrunners but I love the caucus experience since it really engaged the voter to participate in the nomination process. I believe that if a caucus was conducted in every state instead of the primary it would reinvigorate the “disenfranchised” to participate in the election process in American and show how important it actually is to vote.

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