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The Iowa Caucuses: How Campaigns Approach Iowa and the Sprint to the Nomination

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Less than one week before the Iowa caucus, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted seasoned political operatives, journalists, and academics to lift the veil on this important but little understood contest. The Iowa caucuses, the first of the nominating contests in the 2016 presidential election, are complex. Unlike primary elections, each party has its own set of often arcane caucus rules and processes that candidates must navigate as they jockey to come out on top. We explored how caucus campaigning differs from primary campaigning and previewed the Iowa caucus scheduled for February 1.

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Anita Dunn
Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Former Communications Director, White House
Communications Director, Obama for America

Sara Fagen
Partner, DDC Advocacy
White House Director of Political Affairs, George W. Bush Administration

David Redlawsk
Political Science Professor, Rutgers University
Co-Author, Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director, BPC’s Democracy Project


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