Republican Caucus

Cursten Howard, Simone Katz, Joelle Smith


Republic: a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.

Republican Caucus: a meeting of the members of a legislative body who are members of the Republican party or decide policy, In this case those who support the idea of the United State's government being a Republic

Delegate: a person sent or authorized to represent others in particular an elected representative sent to a conference

(Bound): required to vote at the national convention for the winner of their state presidential primary, or for the candidate who was proportionally allocated to them

(Unbound): free to vote for who ever they choose

(Pledged): a delegate at the national party convention who is mandated to vote for a particular candidate

(Unpledged): a delegate at a national party convention who is free to vote for any candidate, also called a super delegate

Registered Party Member: A party member who is registered with the state to vote

Closed System: Only registered party members can vote

Iowa Votes - Republican Caucus Tutorial

Key information

The delegates of the Republican caucus are chosen by the Republican Party committee of that state, then once these delegates are chosen the caucuses come together and only registered republicans can vote on the delegate that they want to win the nomination. The Republican caucus votes by either standing up, raising their hand, or voting on a ballot. This system varies by state so state and can take up to two hours.