In this new series we will be looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the runup to the Presidential election in late 2016. First off, caucus.
On Monday 1st February, registered Republican and Democrat voters gathered in schools, libraries and even private homes across the state of Iowa to have their say in their parties’ choice of candidate for the upcoming presidential election, a process known as the Iowa caucuses.
Macmillan Dictionary has two senses for caucus. The one that interests us here is the second:
a meeting in some US states of members of a political party to choose who will represent the party in the election for President
Iowa is always the first state to engage in this process, giving it a degree of influence that outweighs its small size and mostly rural population. The Republicans and Democrats run their processes in different ways, but by the end of the night both sides will have identified the person who is, for the time being, the frontrunner in the race to be the next POTUS.Email this Post