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World Lines, some delays signal strong turnout at Iowa caucuses

06:00  04 february  2020
06:00  04 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Lines of people snaked out the door and down the block waiting to enter an Iowa caucus site Monday, among the early signs of strong turnout as Democrats begin choosing a nominee to take on President Donald Trump. Organizers of a precinct site in downtown Iowa City said the start of the caucus had to.

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Caucus goers seated in the section for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold up their first votes as they are counted at the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)© Provided by Associated Press Caucus goers seated in the section for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold up their first votes as they are counted at the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Lines of people snaked out the door and down the block waiting to enter an Iowa caucus site Monday, among the early signs of strong turnout as Democrats begin choosing a nominee to take on President Donald Trump.

The start of a caucus in downtown Iowa City had to be delayed by more than an hour as hundreds of people were still waiting to check in or register to vote. Inside the Englert Theatre near the University of Iowa, 500 first-floor seats were mostly full and organizers were opening an additional 200 seats in the balcony.

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Republican voter turnout at the Iowa caucuses broke records Monday night, with the close race among Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and eventual However, the Democratic turnout at one site in Des Moines -- Iowa ’s most populated city -- was three times larger than projected, with lines wrapping

In Polk County, Iowa's largest county and home to the capital city, Des Moines, Democratic county party chairman Sean Bagniewski said the party had printed tens of thousands of extra voter registration forms but some precincts were running out.

“We're making copies and deliveries to get them covered, but this caucus is gonna be the big one,” Bagniewski tweeted. He also said a caucus site in central Des Moines reported 1,080 participants, more than double the 440 who turned out in that precinct in 2016.

A supporter for Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang waits in the stands before a Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)© Provided by Associated Press A supporter for Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang waits in the stands before a Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It's too soon to tell what final turnout numbers will be, though some party officials and campaigns were expecting far more people to participate than four years ago, due to Democrats' enthusiasm to replace Trump.

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The Iowa caucuses pose a number of challenges for election night forecasting. For a few minutes, the needle projected Republican turnout to be abysmal — but this was because the first counties to complete their count included some of the weakest Republican turnout of the night.

Iowa 's caucuses have been plagued by lower turnout . In a state of more than 3 million people, just 171,109 Democrats showed up to caucus in 2016. The state Democratic Party has worked to increase accessibility, including adding a slew of satellite caucuses this year in hopes of expanding access.

About 170,000 turned out in 2016. The high-water mark for the contest was the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucuses, when nearly 240,000 participated and Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley.

Caucusgoers reported packed rooms in other locations. More than 500 people crowded into a room at the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in Iowa City to caucus, with many sitting on the floor. Around 400 people were at a high school cafeteria in Des Moines. In Davenport, 130 gathered at a middle school gymnasium.

Local residents wait to enter an Iowa Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)© Provided by Associated Press Local residents wait to enter an Iowa Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

In Iowa City, cheers erupted in the packed theater after precinct organizer Lois Cox announced that the last people in line had finally made it inside the building. “We’ll start momentarily!” she said.

Among those attending Monday night's caucuses were some newcomers to Democratic politics.

Norman and Lenora Iverson, both 86, voted Democratic for the first time. Lenora Iverson said they've voted Republican “forever," but they joined with their daughter in caucusing for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was viable at the caucus at Hoover High School in north Des Moines.

Why did they switch parties?

"We don't like Trump," said Norman, a retired electrical engineer. "We don't want him to be president anymore. We've had enough of him."


Right now, it’s good to be Bernie but he still has something to prove in New Hampshire .
In Iowa, turnout for the 2020 caucuses was a far cry from the 2008 record which many Democrats had hoped to exceed.The Dartmouth Green is white with snow and decorated with a giant sea-monster snowman when Bernie Sanders arrives to greet a rowdy group of supporters at the Hanover Inn across the street. The fans create a half-circle around him and at one point start chanting his name. But Sanders isn’t content to bask in the cheers.

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