Iowa Holds Caucuses, Kicking Off US Election

    Published February 01, 2016


    After almost a year of fierce campaigning, the U.S. presidential election officially began on Monday, with voters in Iowa casting their votes in caucuses.  Residents gathered in churches, community centers, libraries and other public buildings in nearly 1,900 precincts across the rural Midwestern state. The results provide the first concrete look at voter sentiment in a year that so far has rewarded non-establishment candidates.

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    Front page of the Des Moines Register newspaper, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)

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    A caucus-goer registers at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)

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    Democrats sign in for their caucus in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    Democrats line up to enter into their caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    New caucus attendees register in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)

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    A car in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on caucus day, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/ VOA)

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    A new caucus attendee registers in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K Gypson/VOA)

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    Republican voters get ready for their caucus, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016 (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    Caucus-goers register at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)

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    Republican voters gather for their caucus in a church, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    A Republican caucus voter collects ballots after voting at a West Des Moines caucus site, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    Republican caucus attendees count ballots in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    Caucus members tabulate Republican ballots at the caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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    Republican voters attend a caucus at a church, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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