Three years ago, Iowa was preparing for the first primary contest of the 2016 presidential election on February 1.
More than 180,000 turned out to the Republican caucuses, smashing 2012’s turnout record by 60,000 people. Sen. Ted Cruz took the top spot with 27.6 percent of the vote and eight delegates. Donald Trump came in second with 24.3 percent and seven delegates. Sen. Marco Rubio also received seven delegates, coming in third with 23.1 percent.
In the Democratic caucus, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders were virtually tied for much of the night. Several precincts were decided by a coin toss because the results were so close. The Democratic Party of Iowa declared Clinton the winner with a lead of a quarter of one percentage point. Clinton was awarded 23 delegates and Sanders 21.
The next Iowa presidential caucus is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2020.