Elections 2020: what is a caucus and how important is the Iowa caucus in the race to the White House

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  • BBC News World

3 February 2020

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The race to the White House begins in Iowa.

The electoral race to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States next November begins this Monday, February 3, with the Iowa caucus.

The election kicks off the Democratic Party primaries, which will culminate in Puerto Rico at the beginning of next June.

In most of the states, the pre-candidates must be measured in elections, but in four of them -Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota and Wyoming- the selection process is carried out through caucus.

But what does this consist of?

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