Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic candidate for president, spoke to a packed house last week at the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, Iowa. Economist Dave Swenson of Iowa State University found that a half-year of campaigning adds about $11 million to Iowa’s gross domestic product, and it vanishes in three of the four years of a presidential election cycle. But Iowans say the benefits that the quadrennial first-in-the-nation caucuses bring to the state are more intangible.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic candidate for president, spoke to a packed house last week at the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, Iowa. Economist Dave Swenson of Iowa State University found that a half-year of campaigning adds about $11 million to Iowa’s gross domestic product, and it vanishes in three of the four years of a presidential election cycle. But Iowans say the benefits that the quadrennial first-in-the-nation caucuses bring to the state are more intangible. Jeff Storjohann Carroll Daily Times Herald
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic candidate for president, spoke to a packed house last week at the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, Iowa. Economist Dave Swenson of Iowa State University found that a half-year of campaigning adds about $11 million to Iowa’s gross domestic product, and it vanishes in three of the four years of a presidential election cycle. But Iowans say the benefits that the quadrennial first-in-the-nation caucuses bring to the state are more intangible. Jeff Storjohann Carroll Daily Times Herald

Iowa reaps a windfall from caucuses, but it’s not measured in dollars

January 25, 2016 05:24 PM

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