Iowa's Not Great At Picking Presidents, So Why Is It So Important?
Politicians seem to be obsessed with the Iowa caucuses, but does it actually matter that much?By Eugene Daniels | January 26, 2016
How did Iowa become so important in presidential elections? Well, the answer is pretty simple: It's just the luck of the draw.
And in 1976, then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter decided to spend a good amount of time campaigning in the first contest state. Though, more people were actually uncommitted, it paid off: He got the most votes of any candidate in the caucus, the nomination and then the presidency. (Videos via Iowa Public Television, C-SPAN)