How the Iowa Caucuses Came to Be

“The one-sentence history of the Iowa caucuses goes like this: It’s all Jimmy Carter’s fault.

The unknown Southern governor came to Iowa, over-performed in the 1976 caucuses, garnered national attention and went on to win the presidency, thereby cementing Iowa’s place at the front of the nominating process.

That’s not wrong, but it’s not the full story.” (Des Moines Register)

Jimmy Carter in Iowa

Jimmy Carter in Iowa

Check out the full story by listening to the Des Moines Register’s podcast “Three Tickets.”

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