Anecdotal reports of sizeable turn-outs at tonight’s Caucus meetings are rolling in. One Des Moines suburb had so many Democrats in one precinct, they had to move the group to a bigger venue…the fire house nearby. The firemen in Clive moved all the trucks outside so the Democrats could fit inside.
Meanwhile, in Albia, Kris Johnston says “it’s standing room only” in her Republican precinct. She added that she would have arrived earlier if she “had known it was going to be this packed”.
David Axelrod, Obama’s chief consultant, says they’re getting reports from around the state that some of Obama’s supporters have been unable to get into their precinct meetings — as the venues were overflowing with people.
“It’s a little bit of a logistical headache,” Axelrod says. “You know, we want to make sure that our voters aren’t dienfranchised.”
Chuck Davis of Urbandale says he arrived at his Republican Caucus at 6:25 and the line stretched all the way out the door. They were allowed to go in and vote, as precinct representatives said they had planned on 200 people and now are expecting 600.