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    Default what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

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    G.O.P. Race Still Unsettled in Sprint to Iowa Caucus

    By JEFF ZELENY

    With a little over a week to go, it is an unusually fluid contest, with various factors that could tip the scales in favor of one or another candidate.

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Iowa caucuses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    See the link. Most states simply hold primary elections. Iowa holds caucuses, where people have to meet together and discuss/debate candidates before getting down to voting.

    Iowa is the first state to choose candidates for the US Presidency.

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Note that the quote you have underlined is a newspaper headline. Because of limited space, these headlines arenīt always complete sentences. The grammatically correct headline should read G.O.P. Race is Still Unsettled in the Sprint to the Iowa Caucuses.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 27-Dec-2011 at 19:21.

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Note that the quote you have underlined is a newspaper headline. Because of limited space, these headlines arenīt always complete sentences. The grammatically correct headline should read The G.O.P. Race is Still Unsettled in the Sprint to the Iowa Caucuses.
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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Thank you guys.

    I got much clearer from your explanations. But what does "to" mean in the headline "G.O.P. Race Still Unsettled in Sprint to Iowa Caucus"?

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    The Iowa Caucus is the destination.

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by waflob View Post
    The Iowa Caucus is the destination.

    So it means the race depends on Iowa Caucus?

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    So it means the race depends on Iowa Caucus?
    No. The Iowa Caucus is rapidly approaching.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    It's actually a lot easier than you think.

    Imagine a journey - you're travelling from A to B. In this case, "Iowa Causus" is the equivalent of "B".

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    Default Re: what does "to Iowa caucus" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    So it means the race depends on Iowa Caucus?
    Only insofar as the that is where it ends.
    G.O.P. Race Still Unsettled in Sprint to Iowa Caucus
    Look this is simple -- although some the imagery seems to be from horse-racing, with horses being unsettled and sprinting to the finish.
    Members of the GOP are having a race. They are sprinting to a finish which is at the Iowa Caucus. The race is still unsettled, which I'd guess means that the leadership keeps changing, there is no clear leader, candidates make a dash then fall back.
    The winner is the person who is leading when the Iowa caucus takes place. They are not actually physically sprinting to the Iowa caucus. I don't think they even need to have reached the Caucus before it starts.

    You need to read up about the US electoral system and what the state Caucuses do, and what the significance is to candidates if you want a 100% clear understanding of that article.

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