Democrats oust Iowa from top of presidential calendar
Democrats voted last weekend to say goodbye to Iowa as the first state on their presidential nominating timeline, a move that could end the state’s nearly 50-year history leading to the Democratic presidential race.
Iowa has a long history of picking Democratic candidates who ultimately win the party’s nomination — Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have all won Iowa’s caucuses this year. where their party chose them as their presidential candidate.
But that wasn’t the case in 2020, when Democrat Pete Buttigieg finally won a caucus mired in tech mishaps that delayed reporting results for days. It was that accident, along with many Democrats’ concerns about the lack of diversity among voters picking winners in each of the top two candidate states (Iowa and New Hampshire) that helped pave the way for this weekend’s vote. -end.
For more on the Democrats’ history with the Iowa caucus and its prominence in major presidential races over the years, check out this deep dive ahead of the 2020 caucus by NBC News and National Political Correspondent from MSNBC, Steve Kornacki.