Podcast | Race to the White House: Episode 1-Iowa and New Hampshire

Nivedita V | Updated on February 16, 2020 Published on February 16, 2020

In this podcast, we bring you all one needs to know about the US presidential elections

The Democrats and the Republicans have kick started the process of identifying their candidates for the election on November 3. Party members in the states of Iowa and New Hampshire have already made their choice.

Trump was the choice of the Republican voters, having secured 39 of the possible 40 delegates in Iowa and all 22 delegates in NH.

On the other side, however, no one really knows who will win the nomination. The candidates represent different political ideologies – from ‘socialist’ Senator Bernie Sanders, progressive Elizabeth Warren, to former Vice President Joe Biden, who is often seen as a moderate. There are many entrepreneur candidates, ranging from Andrew Yang to investor Tom Steyer, an anti-Trumper. Multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg is also in the mix, but he didn’t contest in both States.

Sanders, who ran against Hillary Clinton  for the Dem’s nomination in 2016, was the popular choice in the Iowa caucus. Shockingly, Pete Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, came in second, but virtue of winning more rural areas, was awarded more delegates than Senders. The biggest upset of the night was Biden’s fourth place finish.

The Democrats’ Iowa caucus was riddled with many tech glitches and poor reporting of results. The result was declared after a delay of three days and was widely questioned by both the candidates and pundits. The party is now seeking to recount the results.

In Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Sanders won again, solidifying his front-runner status in the race. Mayor Pete was in second place and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar finished third. Warren finished fourth, while, Biden, who was once considered the unifying candidate, finished a distant fifth.

With his poor showing in both Iowa and New Hampshire, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, end his run, disappointing his grass roots supporters. Yang, 45, who ran for president despite having no political background, surprised many observers by qualifying for debates and remaining in the contest longer than some veteran politicians.

The action now moves to the more racially diverse Nevada, and which will be the first chance for the candidates to prove they have widespread support among various sections of the American society.

Published on February 16, 2020