Everything you need to know about the Iowa caucuses

Posted at 4:35 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 05:39:48-05

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa caucuses are small local meetings where neighbors and strangers stand up to show their support for a particular candidate, and to persuade others to join them.

They're also the first opportunity for Democrats to express their preferences in what’s been a long and tumultuous primary.

Iowa's 41 pledged national delegates are awarded based on the results.

The winner of the caucuses may also get a boost in fundraising, media attention and momentum in the following primaries.

A bad performance could also doom a candidate.