How Democrats Stalled Out at Their Starting Line Caucus

Iowa, Explained

Iowa CaucusIn the wake of its tumultuous, violence-wracked 1968 convention, the Democratic party promised a series of reforms to make their nominating process more open and inclusive. In 1972, Iowa became the first state to hold a Democratic caucus. The Republicans followed suit in 1976, and for the past half-century, the Hawkeye state has every four years played home to the first-in-the-nation contest.