As I emerge from doing some actual work, I read Fluffy on Iowa. It's all you need to read as a summary. Well done Fluffy! A brilliant synopsis. I particularly like this bit:
For the REST of the WORLD this is another of those sports where America is the only country to take part in the World Series. We can only watch and hope and sigh and try not to SHRIEK as they make up their minds who'll be meddling in all the rest of our business for the next four years!
That more or less sums up the US Presidential election process, as far as us non-US citizens are concerned.