On Jan. 24, Iowa Congressman Steve King will be hosting the first official event of the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
It’s called the Iowa Freedom Summit, and it’s already sold out, with a waiting list of more than 700 activists from the first-in-the-nation caucus state still clinging to a chance to catch the abundant A-list roster of speakers. A roster that, not-so-coincidentally, includes pretty much everybody who’s thought at least 10 minutes about running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Except for Jeb Bush.
Since I’m already getting inquiries from candidates and media about what’s happening on the ground, I figured now was a good time to answer some frequently asked questions about what we do here every four years. Sort of an Iowa Caucus Primer, if you will.
What’s the difference between a primary and a caucus?
A caucus is more similar to how the founding generations of the country used to vote. It’s more relational and there’s more accountability. Unlike a primary, which allows you to pretend to be a conservative despite the fact you pulled the curtain and privately voted for the liberal media’s hand-picked Republican candidate yet again, a caucus often forces you to make your choice known.
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