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2016 Iowa Democratic Caucus

54 Delegates: Allocated Proportionately (February 1, 2016)

(Please Note: Total delegates include 46 soft pledged and 8 soft unpledged “superdelegates.” Read below table for more on allocation.)

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Polling Data


Above is table listing the latest 2016 Iowa Democratic Caucus polls and aggregate PPD polling average for the first in the nation caucus. There are 46 delegates up for grabs in the Iowa Democratic caucus on Tuesday March 15, 2016, which are to be allocated proportionately. There are another 8 “superdelegates,” or Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO), who will go to the Democratic National Convention officially “Unpledged,” including 7 Democratic National Committee members and 1 member of Congress (0 senator and 1 representatives).

At each caucus, each presidential contender who fails to get at least 15 percent support among the participants in the initial balloting after a period of discussion will be considered “non-viable” and all supporters of such “non-viable” presidential contenders will then be required to join in the support of presidential contenders who have remained “viable”.

Example (H/T: The Green Papers). 57 people attend a caucus electing 3 delegates. The viability is 1/6th of 57 = 9.5 rounded which is 10. Say 29 people support candidate A, 19 support candidate B, and 9 support candidate C. Candidates A and B are viable since they have support of 10 or more of the attendees. Because candidate C did not receive the support of 10 attendees, those supporting candidate C must realign to another candidate. At this point, the attendees realign themselves so 34 support candidate A and 23 support candidate B.

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