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Does Iowa Really Matter?

Mary Altaffer / AP

In this Jan. 25, 2016, photo, volunteers sort through commitment to caucus for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cards during a campaign event at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Why should people in California and the rest of the country care so much about the caucuses of an agricultural state with six electoral votes and a population not much bigger than the Sacramento Region?

It’s hard to escape the constant polls and predictions in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses, but is the Hawkeye State even a good indicator of which candidates will claim their party’s nomination? It tends to favor grass-root activism and insurgents, which skews the odds in favor of candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. 

Reporter Jeff Raimundo will join us to discuss whether or not Iowa is important in the grand scheme of the election process. 

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