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Latest update : 2016-02-01

Every four years, voters in Iowa begin the nationwide process of choosing the future president of the USA with a caucus that kicks off the primaries. FRANCE 24 explains what exactly a caucus is and takes a closer look at this key process.

A caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support ahead of a national convention.

Caucuses are unique because they allow American voters to openly show support for candidates. Voting is often done by raising hands or even by breaking into groups according to the candidates they support.
 

Date created : 2016-02-01

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