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LISTEN: Iowa Caucuses Live Coverage

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The first U.S. presidential contest of the 2020 election begins Monday night with results from the Iowa caucuses coming in throughout the evening.

Stream NPR's live audio coverage below and on many public radio stations.

Follow our liveblog coverage and results here.

For nearly half a century, the Iowa caucuses have kicked off the presidential primary and caucus season with the potential to shape the 11-candidate field right as the election enters full swing.

That said, with a population of around 3 million people and only about 16% of the state population coming out to caucus in 2016, a very small number of people have a significant amount of power tonight.

Looking at the numbers, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads in the polls followed closely by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Not far behind Biden trials Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

What's more, Iowans often decide who they are supporting late. As of mid-Jan., a Monmouth University poll found that less than half of Iowans planning to caucus had "firmly" made up their mind about how they would be supporting.

Be sure to subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast for a post-caucus recap after live coverage ends.

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Elena Moore is a production assistant for the NPR Politics Podcast. She also fills in as a reporter for the NewsDesk. Moore previously worked as a production assistant for Morning Edition. During the 2020 presidential campaign, she worked for the Washington Desk as an editorial assistant, doing both research and reporting. Before coming to NPR, Moore worked at NBC News. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is originally and proudly from Brooklyn, N.Y.