It's important to note that the results of local caucuses don't directly influence the proportion of delegates sent by each party to the national convention. Instead, delegates are chosen through a multi-stage, months-long process. In Iowa, for example, the precinct caucuses help to portion out delegates for the county conventions, which help to choose delegates for the district conventions, which vote to choose delegates for the state convention, which finally chooses the delegate distribution for the national convention. To further confuse matters, the Republican and Democratic Iowa caucuses each have different rules governing the distribution of delegates and whether or not votes cast in each stage of the process are even binding. … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between a Caucus and a Primary?