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Iowa Caucus became first in the nation in 1972


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa's Caucus was held before any other state for the first time January 24, 1972.  It happened by accident and not through any conspiracy.  Iowa Democrats settled on January 24 as the date for that year's precinct caucuses by counting backward from the national party convention's earlier-than-normal July 9 starting date.

The precinct caucuses, then as now, were the first in a series of party meetings, followed in sequence by county conventions, congressional district conventions, and the state convention.

In 1972, state party rules required at least 30 days between each of these events to allow for paperwork to be processed. Given that requirement, January 24 was the latest possible date when Iowa Democrats could hold precinct caucuses.


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