More from Jeff Biggers: Forget Iowa’s stupid app: Democrats can’t ignore the dismal turnout if they hope to win

My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure


FEBRUARY 5, 2020

We arrived at 6:25 p.m. on Monday night at our caucus location in Iowa City, assuming there would be an overflow crowd. Sure, there was a line, and the crowd was packed. But within 20 minutes, I was sitting snugly in my seat in the high school auditorium.

Despite the pre-caucus hype of record turnout, my caucus in our university town, one of the largest in the state, checked in at 875 people — a decrease of 60 from 2016’s total of 935. That turnout appears to be the general rule across the state, even as we await final tallies, which now place Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a tight race, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren not far behind.

Article originally published in Salon, read full article here…

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