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Iowans' Caucus Experiences Varied Widely By Location

Natalie Krebs/IPR
Iowans shared a variety of caucus experiences with us, ranging from smooth sailing to chaos and confusion. This photo was taken at a Des Moines precinct.

River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts about the likely impact of the Iowa Democratic Party's delay in reporting results of the Iowa caucuses Monday night. Sara Mitchell, F Wendell Miller Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, professor of political science at Grinnell College agreed the delay was a black eye for Iowa and damaging to its first-in-the-nation status.

Kieffer also asked listeners whether Iowa's caucus process was "good for democracy?" The answers from callers varied widely depending on their most recent experience with the process. While several Iowans said their caucus ran smoothly, others reported confusion and consternation.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk