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The Iowa Primaries Are Here… We Check In




Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with students during an event at Iowa Central Community College on January 21, 2020 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with students during an event at Iowa Central Community College on January 21, 2020 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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The Iowa primaries are finally here and it may start to provide a clearer picture of which candidate will lead the Democratic party into the general election.

Candidates are giving their last speeches, shaking hands with as many Iowans as they can, and are making their final case as to why they should be the candidate voters should put on their ballot sheet. Polls have shown Senator Bernie Sanders leading the pack, with former Vice President Joe Biden only an average of a few points behind. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren trail in third and fourth respectively. This past year, the field was swelling with candidates that have come and gone. While the list of candidates have dwindled significantly, that still hasn’t provided any clarity on who the Democrtic party’s nominee will be in the general election. Iowa is the first state in the country to cast their ballots and could be the first indicator of which candidate might be the eventual nominee for president.

Today on AirTalk, we look into what’s happening on the ground in Iowa as voters head to caucus.

Guest:

James Lynch, reporter for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he covers politics, government and the Iowa legislature; he tweets at @jamesqlynch