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Author: Americans Are Facing a Pivotal Election

The Iowa caucuses could be a prelude to a pivotal election.  (kineticslive.com)
The Iowa caucuses could be a prelude to a pivotal election. (kineticslive.com)
February 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Our neighbors to the north in Iowa will attend partisan precinct caucuses today, the first real step in the presidential nominating process. One analyst says it could be an election of particular historical significance. Dr. Gerard Lameiro is a retired Colorado State University professor and the author of a new book called "Great News for America."

He predicts the November election will mean neither the Republican nor Democratic party will continue to exist in their current forms.

"One of the characteristics of a historic election is that the electorate is upset about something," says Lameiro. "It could be the economy, it could be lots of things. And when they get upset, they realign the party, but how do they realign it? They come out in a huge turnout."

He says millions will vote for the first time this November, resulting in an historic turnout and a fundamental change in the party political system.

Lameiro conducted research about American elections going back to the early 1800s, and says the foundation is in place for 2016 to be another pivotal election.

"Any time the American people have come out, they have solved problems," he says. "When they come out with a big voter turnout, it means they're sending a message to their future politicians that they're about to elect, and think, 'We want these problems solved. We're fed up with you not having these problems solved.'"

Jeff Stein, Public News Service - MO