Mock Caucus For Iowa Entertainers at History on the Rocks


DES MOINES, Iowa — With the Iowa caucuses just over a week away, some attending the State Historical Museum’s History on the Rocks got a chance to practice caucus procedure. Democrats and Republicans have different procedures, so they did it by both methods.

At History on the Rocks, they did not caucus for presidential candidates but rather Iowa entertainers.

In the Republican caucus, Jason Momoa and Ashton Kutcher tied for first with 12 votes each. Cloris Leachman had 11 votes, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins had seven, Maddie Poppe had six, Simon Estes had five and Brandon Routh had three.

Under the Democratic method, they came up with two delegates apiece for Cloris Leachman, Ashton Kutcher and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. Jason Momoa and Simon Estes both got one each. Neither Brandon Routh nor Maddie Poppe received any delegates.

The event at the State Historical Museum was centered around an exhibit on the history of the Iowa Caucus.

“We encourage people to come to the museum. Every few months we have an after-hours series called History on the Rocks where we encourage people to come to an informal setting, have a couple drinks, some entertainment, some refreshments and learn about history in an informal way,” said Michael Morain of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Visitors also checked out the exhibit made of hundreds of signs, campaign buttons and other memorabilia. There was also a short film, which explains how Iowa got its first-in-the-nation status.

“Today when we talk about candidates, from the top of the ticket to the bottom of the ticket, that language we use of the term ‘ticket’ originates from the days when there was an actual ticket that you needed to participate in the caucuses,” said Morain.


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