Iowa Democratic and Republican caucuses are the most hyped presidential contests in the country but also among the most confusing.
They essentially function like traditional party primaries because residents cast ballots, and the candidate with the most ballots wins.
However, residents simply don’t walk into a polling site to cast their ballot, then exit.
Caucus night is more time-consuming because it includes discussing candidates, picking convention delegates and dealing with state party business.
And the parties, which run the caucuses, have uniquely different processes amid some similarities.
The caucuses have been the first-in-the-nation balloting since the 1970s
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