US Presidential Elections: What is a Caucus?

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A caucus is a Native American term that means « a gathering of tribal leaders ». In modern US elections, it’s not tribal leaders, but Democratic and Republican party members who gather in caucus to choose delegates. These delegates later nominate a presidential candidate at national party conventions. Unlike a primary, in which people cast a private ballot in a voting booth, a caucus is a public event. FRANCE24’s Sanam Shantyaei has more. Text by Douglas Herbert.

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