The modern process for determining party nominees for president was established in the second half of the 20th century. Since this time, Iowa and New Hampshire have played a significant role in candidates’ campaign strategies and selecting the eventual nominees from each party. These early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire have been criticized for their oversized influence in this process and their lack of diversity. This lesson explores the history of the modern system of primaries and caucuses, the reasons for this structure and various proposals to change the order of these contests. This deliberation has students hear from journalists, experts and candidates in order to answer the question:
Should the order of presidential primaries and caucuses be changed?
- How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?– The Conversation
- How Much Do Iowa And New Hampshire Really Matter For 2020?– FiveThirtyEight
- 2020 Presidential Election Calendar– 270towin