WOW. Just wow.
Turnout for the Republican Party was through the roof Monday night as voters across Blackhawk county gathered for the Iowa presidential caucus.
Let me say first and foremost that these results were MUCH higher than our county was expecting and the patience of everyone was highly appreciated.
When the executive board was approached for volunteers for caucus night, I gladly accepted. Little did I know what that was going to mean. I recruited a couple of my closest political-savvy friends and confidantes to join in with me. It was going to be a great night and I could feel it.
We received training the previous Saturday and were getting pumped for Monday. Campus was anxious to caucus and the excitement could be felt all around that afternoon. My phone was blowing up all day with messages saying "Where do I go to caucus?" I knew we would have a lot of people but to be exact, we had 140 people in just one classroom of a junior high for one ward/precinct. What should be taken away from that night is not the fact that we were under prepared for the voters or that it might have been a fire hazard to have that many people in a classroom. What SHOULD be taken away is that ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY PEOPLE CAME TO OUR REPUBLICAN CAUCUS LOCATION TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS! What is really cool about this is that all of these voters REALIZE how much of an impact every vote that Iowa has on the presidential race! **I should add here that our precinct had all of one side of campus dorms so most of the voters that showed up were first- time college voters.**
Votes were counted and reported. Rubio had over half of the votes (76), and Trump came in second, but only had about 25 votes. Ted Cruz, who ended up being the winner of the Iowa caucus received 16 votes in our ward and precinct.
After about an hour, the chaos died down and only about 15 voters stayed to elect delegates and after finishing those items, our caucus meeting was adjourned. The exec team relocated and debriefed at a local bar to watch the results!
I was so honored to be a part of the IA Caucus night this year. If you were one of the people waiting for more voter registration papers to be printed, thank you for your patience and to whoever walked off with my favorite purple pen, I would really like it back. Thank you to all who came out and participated with us Monday evening.
Until next time,