WASHINGTON — The Iowa caucuses are finally here.
After a campaign season that literally started in 2017, Iowa Democrats and Republicans will head to caucus sites tonight and make their choice for who they want to be president. The USA TODAY Network will have more than 60 staff members spread across Iowa to bring you the latest, most up-to-date information from caucus sites.
In a field that once included more than 20 candidates, 11 remain. Many of them — including former Vice President Joe Biden, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang — have been blanketing the state for weeks, making their case that they are best positioned to beat President Donald Trump in November.
Iowa Caucus Results:Follow live Iowa caucus results here on Monday night.
The early part of the campaign season saw the debate over Medicare for All dominate the conversation around candidates and illustrate the range of beliefs on health care in the Democratic Party. But the past month has seen escalated tension with Iran and the impeachment trial of Trump bring other issues into the conversation. At times, several candidates have traded jabs over experience, past comments, and where they think the Democratic Party should go.
Polling has shown a tight race, with Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren all at times leading Iowa polling. In recent weeks, Sanders has taken the lead in RealClearPolitics’ rolling average of Iowa polls.
The Republican caucuses are not expected to bring any surprises: Trump remains popular with his base in Iowa, and his challengers have failed to gain traction.
Others Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, are focusing their efforts in New Hampshire, where the primary is Feb. 10. Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has skipped the early voting states all together.
Check back for live updates as we follow the candidates on the ground in Iowa and caucusgoers around the world.