Why Do Conservatives Give So Much Power to the Iowa Caucus?

The Iowa caucuses are an electoral event in which residents of the U.S. state of Iowa meet in precinct caucuses in all of Iowa’s 1784 precincts and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions.
The Iowa caucuses are noteworthy for the amount of media attention they receive during U.S. presidential election years. Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President of the United States. Although only about one percent of the nation’s delegates are chosen by the Iowa State Convention, the Iowa caucuses have served as an early indication of which candidates for president might win the nomination of their political party at that party’s national convention.
Did you know that among the 50 states (not 58!) of America, the state of Iowa ranks only 31st in conservatism?
The administrator of Stop Agenda 21, gbob, has come up with an interesting way to measure how conservative or liberal a state is. The indicator gbob uses is the voting record of a state’s Congressional representatives.
In the case of Iowa, the state has:

  • 1 Republican senator and 2 Republican representatives who vote, respectively, 81%, 86%, and 57% Conservative of the time — giving an average Conservative vote of 75%;
  • 4 Democratic representatives whose vote Conservative a collective average of 11% of the time.

By that yardstick, gbob determined that the average “Conservative Vote” for Iowa is a mediocre 38.4%.
In the table below:

  • 1 = the average Conservative voting % of all the senators and/or representatives of a state.
  • 2 = a state’s Republican senators and/or representatives.
  • 3 = the average Conservative voting % of those Republican reps.
  • 4 = a state’s Democratic senators and/or representatives.
  • 5 = the average Conservative voting % of those Democratic reps.

A 38.4% Conservative voting record places Iowa 31st in Conservatism among the 50 states:

All of which leads gbob to ask:

“So why does everyone get so excited about the Iowa Caucuses ? and why do the pundits insist that it is the Conservatives driving the train in Iowa?, when there are clearly 30 other States with a more Conservative voting record.”

H/t beloved fellow Tina.

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8 years ago

I’m not sure it is conservatives so much as the RINOs running the republican party.
I have been screaming for a change in the primary process for years because, with the lone exception of Ronald Reagan, the current process has served up nothing but a steady procession of RINOs.
Somehow I think that’s just peachy with the repub establishment who, after all, hated Reagan.

8 years ago

All part of the Grand Illusion whereby we grant power to those who would rule over us….
No King but Jesus