After months and months of presidential debates, the voters, finally, are about to get their say. Iowa’s often-critical, first-in-the-nation caucuses are Tuesday, and they are our focus this week.
But despite all of the attention on the Hawkeye state, it is estimated that fewer than 150,000 Iowans will vote next week in the Republican caucus. For Republicans, history suggests that winning the Iowa caucus may not actually help secure the presidential nomination. See: Mike Huckabee in 2008. But Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and John McCain? All were defeated in Iowa but were nominated anyway.
Still, all of the candidates want to secure that first victory, so to Iowa they go, especially to court the votes of conservative evangelicals who are estimated to make up one third of Republican caucus-goers on Tuesday. This year, Republican evangelicals in Iowa have several anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage candidates to choose from, which has kept Tuesday’s outcome uncertain. Need to Know’s Rick Karr reports.