(State) The Iowa Caucuses are getting underway around the state tonight. There's less national attention on the process this year because the White House isn't up for grabs. But, State Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix says it's still important for both local parties.
"I expect people with a passion for good government to show up and they'll have discussions and ideas about what they think will improve the lives of Iowans and what's important to them and I'm just looking forward to a good discussion."
Senate President Pam Jochum says the caucuses are especially important this year because so many elections could be decided at the party convention.
"Because obviously when you've got multiple candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Republican side, the U.S. Senate Seat, the convention delegates are the ones who will end up nominating that candidate if for some reason no single candidate gets at least 35% of the vote in the primary."
In fact, you may recall that Western Iowa Congressman Steve King won his party's nomination at the G-O-P Convention only after candidates in his first primary failed to reach the 35% threshold to declare a winner.
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