Mayor Pete, as he is known to the residents of South Bend, Indiana, led the pack in a Monmouth University poll of Iowa caucus voters released on Tuesday, November 12. Buttigieg garnered 22 percent support, a few percents more than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, and almost twice as much as Bernie Sanders. Because of the margin of error, pollsters were unable to declare a definitive winner among the top three. “Buttigieg is emerging as a top pick for a wide variety of Iowa Democrats,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute .Iowa is a rural and conservative state, the majority of population is white and Christian. It is one of just 10 states to use the archaic caucus system, whereby the electorate decides which candidate to support through open votes. Turnout tends to be low, with about 1 percent of the nation’s delegates (who choose the final candidate) returned from the state. Despite this, the Iowa caucuses are considered an important step on the road to the White House. As the first vote in the primary season, they are seen as an indicator for subsequent larger votes, and can change the course of a campaign.