Although there is a lot of noise surrounding the impeachment trials, it will be time to select the next president in 10 short months. It is still important to pay attention to who the presidential nominees of the 2020 election will be because, ultimately, their fate is up to us, the citizens of the USA.
Today marks the beginning of the 2020 presidential nominating contest with the Iowa Caucus for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. Right now, there are still 11 candidates standing in the competition for the Democratic presidential nomination, but according to Real Clear Politics, Bernie Sanders is up 7 points for 2 different Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus polls and up 4 points from the national average (Emerson and DFP/Civiqs). Even though the caucuses are a great leg up, they are not the be-all and end-all and they also do not define the complete outcome of the primaries. Conversely, it is most likely that Donald Trump will go on to be the Republican presidential nominee although he has two challengers: Joe Walsh (a former congressmen) and Bill Weld (a former MA governor).
Shortly after the Iowa caucuses are the New Hampshire primaries on February 11. Soon after, the Nevada Democratic Caucus is on February 22 and the South Carolina Democratic primary on February 29.
Words/terms to know:
Primaries: Events similar to a general election where voters cast a secret ballot for their preferred candidate.
Caucus: “To meet together”; a method of selecting a candidate where groups of a specific political party get together and express their preference among candidates or elect a delegate for a convention.
10 Questions the Iowa Caucuses Will Answer, Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register