Nation’s 1st presidential caucuses begin in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses have officially begun in Iowa.

At 7 p.m. Central time on Monday, voters gathered at more than 1,700 sites throughout Iowa began declaring support for their preferred candidate.

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They then participate in “alignment,” which allows supporters of eliminated candidates to choose again.

For the first time this year, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results: tallies for the “first alignment” and “final alignment,” as well as each candidate’s total of “state delegate equivalents.” Previously, only each candidate’s ultimate number of state convention delegates has been reported.

The Associated Press will declare the winner based on the number of state delegate equivalents.