Sunday, January 6, 2008

Starting up the event- Shelby County Caucus (Iowa)

The room the caucus was held in soon filled to the brim. The young people of Shelby county were asked before the process began to give up their seats and sit on the floor so that everyone could fit. As was the case in many precincts caucus night, there were not enough ballots to handle the amount of people who showed for the event.

Larry Madson, County Co-chair of the Shelby County Republican Party and the main organizer of the event said that the turn out was about double what was expected.

The kinks were worked out and the event started on time and largely without a hitch.

Other caucuses, however, began late due to the same issues: ballot shortages and an unexpected turnout. Owen Paun, fellow McCain campaigner, informed me that the caucus he attended in Coralville started out 45 minutes late. Also, while Ron Paul made a weak showing in Shelby county with only a handful of votes, he placed fourth in the Coralville caucus (a heavy college area) behind McCain and earned double digit support statewide with 10 percent of the vote.

The Republican caucus began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer lead by a local pastor.

(footage by Heather Turner)

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