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How the Iowa caucus works, as explained with Legos

Published Feb 1st, 2016 9:41AM EST
Iowa Caucus Clinton Trump Star Wars Lego
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It’s that time again, the one candidates from both parties have been waiting for. The Iowa caucus kicks off this year’s quest for presidential nominations, and later on Monday we’ll find out the winners of this first round of voting. Microsoft’s Bing already has a forecast for the Iowa caucus winners, and it’ll be interesting to see whether it can accurately predict the results of this year’s elections, primaries included.

Meanwhile, if it’s still not clear how caucuses work and why Iowa is vital for any presidential candidate, the following video will explain everything there is to know. With Legos. Star Wars Legos.

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It’s not all rocket science, but it’s not that simple either. And it’s not an election process per se, though votes are cast. But, every candidate still wants to win of course.

Currently, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are seen as the winners for the Democratic and Republican caucuses. Mind you, however, that history has shown that the winner of the Iowa caucus, regardless of party, will not necessarily win the party’s nomination – just ask Bill Clinton about his 1992 Iowa caucus performance.

That said, Vermont Public Radio’s Lego video is a must see, particularly if you’re still trying to understand the U.S.’s complex presidential election process.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.