Candidates have been knocking on doors, sprinting into middle schools, hopping on coffee shop counters and leaning in for selfies for over a year in Iowa.

The several democratic presidential candidates all crave to be the winner of the Iowa caucus, but citizens of the other 49 states may wonder why Iowa gets this spotlight.

"Iowa has a thumb on the scale in making that decision about the nomination and therefore the presidency and therefore the future of this country," said 2020 democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg in his rally in Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Director of the Culver Center at Simpson College in Iowa Seth Andersen said why a state of only 3 million people gets the first say about the potential presidential nominees. 

"Candidates can spend a lot of time here and meet a lot of voters, answer questions and they can't just buy a bunch of ads like you can in a larger state," said Andersen. "You have to actually campaign on the ground, meet real people and answer their questions and be responsive to their concerns."

Louisiana has a population of about 1 million 50 thousand more than Iowa, but the Louisiana primaries are scheduled for April 4. 

Political science professor Christopher Kenny said that candidates' lack of attention on Louisiana voters is because of the date of the Louisiana primaries.

"Part of it, I think, is that we are never really toward the front," said Kenny. "We are not big enough to be worth it because of our size, so smaller states that are toward the back tend to get ignored in these things."

While the voice of Iowans has been heard throughout the nation with a majority of results revealing Buttigieg as the winner of the Hawkeye State, the voice of Louisiana's choice for the presidential nominee is still up to the voters. 

The attention Louisiana gets from candidates during the 2020 presidential campaign may depend on the results of the upcoming primaries.