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Feb. 1, 2020

S002 – Primaries vs Caucuses

S002 – Primaries vs Caucuses

Year(s) Discussed: 1901-2008

What is the difference between a primary and a caucus anyway? Listen as I explore that question and discuss the various permutations of both as well as how the presidential primary calendar came to have Iowa and New Hampshire as the first contests in this episode.

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Special thanks to Vicky and Erik of the Ransack History podcast, Steve of the History of the Papacy and Beyond the Big Screen podcasts, Sean of the Second Decade podcast, and Alex for providing the intro quotes for this episode!

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Featured Image: “Senator George McGovern speaking into a microphone” by Warren K Leffler [30 Jun 1972], courtesy of Wikipedia

Featured Image: “Republican Candidates at the Nashua, NH Debate, 1980”, courtesy of Wikipedia