The Iowa Caucuses are tonight. These precinct-level meetings are national news every four years when participants make their presidential picks, but Iowa’s two major political parties hold Caucuses in every election year.
Find Iowa Democratic Party caucus sites here.
Find Iowa Republican Party caucus sites here.
Both parties plan to start the caucus meetings at 7 p.m.
The leaders of both parties say they expect newly-engaged people to show up tonight.
“There’s a lot of energy out there,” Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price says. “and then, on top of that, with the crowded primaries we have in some of our congressional races and our gubernatorial race, you know there’s interest in the caucuses because this is the first step to electing delegates to our state convention.”
If none of the Democratic candidates running for governor win 35 percent of the vote in June’s primary, the party’s nominee will be selected by delegates at the state convention. Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann expects some of the first-time GOP voters who cast ballots for Trump in 2016 to show up at the Republican caucuses tonight.