14 Weeks Until First Vote In Iowa Caucuses

As the House of Representatives is working on its impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump, the political calendar is starting to close in on many Democratic Presidential contenders.

It is now only 14 weeks until the first Americans vote on 2020, with the Iowa Caucuses taking place on Monday, February 3.

Iowa is not truly decisive on who wins the nomination and the Presidency in either major political party, as the only times that Iowa was a sign of the future was when an incumbent President was not on the ballot, and even then, not very often.

Democratic Party

Walter Mondale in 1984

Al Gore in 2000

John Kerry in 2004

Barack Obama in 2008

Hillary Clinton in 2016

George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Michael Dukakis in 1988, and Bill Clinton in 1992 failed to win Iowa.

Republican Party

Gerald Ford in 1976

Bob Dole in 1996

George W. Bush in 2000

Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H. W. Bush in 1988, John McCain in 2008, Mitt Romney in 2012, and Donald Trump in 2016 failed to win Iowa.

So only George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008 won Iowa and went on to win the Presidency in the fall of those years.

So do not expect that who wins Iowa will automatically be the nominee for the Democrats in November 2020.

Since 1972, Iowa has been accurate on the Democratic nominee 43 percent of the time, and 50 percent accurate on the Republican nominee.

Iowa is not representative of the nation in its population mix, but it gives a leg up to a few of the candidates, while dashing the hopes of so many others.

4 comments on “14 Weeks Until First Vote In Iowa Caucuses

  1. D October 28, 2019 11:54 am

    “Current Affairs’s” Nathan Robinson is the guest in his interview with “The Zero Hour” host RJ Eskow. They discuss some of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries and candidates.


  2. D October 28, 2019 2:08 pm

    Yesterday, the news was of John Conyers. Today, the news is of Kay Hagan.

    ‘Former US Senator Kay Hagan dead at 66 after three-year battle with encephalitis’

    By Jim Morrill and Brian Murphy (10.28.2019)

    Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a one-time Capitol Hill intern who went on to become North Carolina’s first Democratic female U.S. senator, died Monday at her Greensboro home. She was 66.

    Hagan died in her sleep after a three-year battle with encephalitis, caused by Powassan virus.

    In 2008 the former state senator beat Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole. She lost to Republican Thom Tillis in 2014.


  3. Ronald October 28, 2019 2:25 pm

    Thanks, D, for sharing the sad news about Kay Hagan, and yesterday, John Conyers!

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