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caucus update

4 January, 2008

I hate to disappoint, but there will be no pictures of my caucus-going experience. The reason for this is that there were 83 people jammed into this woman’s house, and it was pretty difficult to move around, let alone try to get some good shots of people.

We had a better than expected turnout, though it pales in comparison to some of the other precincts in the bigger cities. They literally had over 1000 people at some. That’s okay, though. My experience was pretty good because I am in such a small precinct.

We all gathered, signed in, and then sat according to the candidate we supported. Hillary supporters headed to the living room, Edwards supporters to the dining room, Richardson and Biden supporters to the kitchen, and Obama supporters to the porch.

The final tally was:

  • John Edwards: 30 supporters, 5 county delegates
  • Hillary Clinton: 28 supporters, 5 county delegates
  • Barack Obama: 25 supporters, 4 county delegates

Obviously it was very close, and the totals for Adair County were:

  • John Edwards: 38.7%, 29 county delegates
  • Barack Obama: 32.0%, 24 county delegates
  • Hillary Clinton: 29.3%, 22 county delegates

Overall for the state of Iowa, the top three results were:

  • Barack Obama: 37.57%
  • John Edwards: 29.82%
  • Hillary Clinton: 29.42%

Clearly it’s a pretty close race, and it will be interesting to see how things shape up when it comes to the rest of the country. If you’re curious about the Republicans, Huckabee took 34%, Romney 25%, and McCain and Thompson tied for third with 13%.

The real story is the overall turnout. Over 346,000 people turned up to caucus, 239,000 of them Democrats. That’s almost double the 2004 figure of 124,000 Democrats! If you look at the numbers, Iowa has about 2.1 million registered voters. That’s a turnout of 16%, which is actually pretty good. As a nation, only 7.2% of voters turned out in the 2004 primary season [source]. Not only that, polling places were so full that some people decided to leave rather than stay and have to stand for hours on end [source]. The turnout could have been even better.  It’s pretty incredible, and I think it further asserts that Iowa does deserve its first in the nation status. We know our stuff, whether the rest of the nation wants to admit it or not.

Oh, and one more thing. I’m a delegate to the Adair County Democratic convention in March! Woo hoo! I wish I could go on to the regionals and the state convention, but regionals are held on April 26th, which is the day I graduate. No can do!

Overall, I had a good experience. Out where I live, it’s primarily over 40-year-olds with families and senior citizens, but there were a few younger faces there. It was good to see. I think that it’s imperative for people to be involved, and I plan to be better about it. It’s too important not to.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 January, 2008 1:36 pm

    Go, Barack! 🙂

  2. 4 January, 2008 3:52 pm

    Indeed. *beams*

  3. 5 January, 2008 5:58 pm

    I wish I could have participated. I thought about driving back to school but it would have been a logistical nightmare.

    It’s a shame that the caucus’ have to be during break. A significant portion of the student population would have participated if they hadn’t been back home in Illinois/Wisconsin etc.

    Have fun at the convention.

    All the best

  4. 7 January, 2008 8:49 am

    brad: I was thinking about that. It’s not a huge deal for the people who live near where they go to school, but for everyone who lives hours and hours away, it’s crazy!

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