CNN covers “Iowans not in Iowa” satellite caucuses

Fascinating, as the first vote in Port Charlotte, Florida had Klobuchar and Buttigieg in the lead in the first round. Watching real-time democratic processes can be fun despite Chris Cillizza and Scott Jennings on the CNN panel. The demographics reveal themselves with generally older voters in snowbird locations.

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France, Scotland and Florida are just three of the places where Iowans will be able to participate in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Democratic caucus on Monday.

Four cities in Florida will host satellite events as a part of Iowa’s attempt to provide remote options to residents living away from their home state during the winter months. The state tried out four satellite caucus locations in 2016; this year it will feature 87.

In the Sunshine State, two are in the Panhandle and two on the west coast in Port Charlotte and St. Petersburg. The events will start at different times depending on their location.

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All of which goes to reinforce the original point. It’s hard to say what will happen in Iowa and what those results, whatever they may be, will mean moving forward. Iowa serves a bit like a cross-a-state line on a long drive. It’s something you look forward to as a marker of your progress, but once you reach it you realize how much farther you have to go.

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