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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why is the state of Iowa so important to the American presidential elections?

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  • Emma
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It's a swing state.

    They vote differently every election and at times, the votes of the entire state are extremely divided if a candidate hasn't fully established himself there. Iowa isn't the only state that is like this, but apparently this year according to the candidates, it is. Little do they know that it will most likely be one of the other swing states that decides their fate. As of now, it really is life or death that you get Iowa on your side, especially if you don't have much hope of winning. Right when presidential candidates begin their campaigns, they try to immediately attempt at Iowa to insure right from the start they can or cannot get a majority to vote for them.

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_state#Swing_Sta... You might find this interesting.
  • T E
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Iowa is important because it is the first-of-the-nation caucuses. The winning candidate of Iowa may carry the winning momentum to the other states - New Hampshire, South Carolina, etc.

    Most Iowa winners get the party nomination later, although Bill Clinton won the nomination without winning Iowa. Therefore, a presidential candidate would like to win Iowa as a start. If he or she wins Iowa, there will be more money from doners coming it. If he or she loses Iowa, money will dry up soon, unless that candidate has stronger supports from other states.

    For example, among the democrat candidates, if Obama or Edwards lose Iowa, they will be history because their supports from most states are weak. On the other hand, if Hillary loses Iowa, she may be able to stop the bleeding with wins at states following Iowa.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some people believe that Iowa and NH are so important because they are small states and being first in the nation allows the politicians and the public to really meet and chat and get a personal feel for each other that cannot be done in the larger states...

  • 1 decade ago

    TE explained it clearly enough, but the beef of it is that states who vote first get more attention. Caucuses are decided by the states by the parties themselves, and some of the National level of these parties have threatened to remove delegates if the caucus is held too soon, as delegates will have less time to really campaign there. IO is first on the 3rd, the Reps have WY on the 5th and both parties have MI on the 15th. FL is set for the 29th, but they could be losing Democrate delegates there, as could MI. NH gets the 22nd, and was supposed to be right after Iowa, but other states are fighting for that right/attention.

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  • john k
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because they vote first, the press then makes us believe that they are the front runner and the rest of the country follows suite, so they can say they voted for the winner

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Simply because the media wants you believe that it is....

    Because they can influence the outcome of the election by supporting or degrading a candidate...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wolf Blitzer is explaining all that on CNN this very moment. Learn from Wolf and stay on top of accurate, reliable news you can use.

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