Does this mean the current roster of people vying for there nomination has NOT made a dent in Trump’s support among those who left Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump?
Iowa voted FOR Donald Trump after being in the Obama Democratic column for 8 years…
Will Iowa Democrats turn out in higher numbers when the choice is between a Democrat and Donald Trump come November?
According to the state party, an estimated 177,000 people caucused Monday, a slight uptick compared to the roughly 170,000 who turned out to caucus in 2016. But that was nowhere near what the party had anticipated. Many believed turnout would easily surpass the record-breaking 240,000 who caucused in 2008, including droves of young and first-time caucus-goers who’s support of Barack Obama effectively launched his bid for the presidency.
For months, Iowa Democrats predicted big turnout, pointing to polls that showed higher-than-normal enthusiasm about the race among Democrats and the huge crowds at major political events in the run-up to caucuses.
More than 12,000 people turned out in the rain for the Polk County Steak Fry in September, the most in the event’s history. A little over a month later, another 13,000 filled the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines for the state party’s Liberty and Justice Dinner, the biggest crowd and venue the event has ever had.
In anticipation of equally big crowds at the caucuses, state and local Democratic officials scouted out and booked larger venues to prevent the overcrowding that had overwhelmed some caucus sites four years ago. But on Monday night, Democratic county leaders across the state were stunned to see small lines and empty seats in precincts that have been known to draw large crowds….
“The best argument I’ve heard that squares with talking to voters is that Democrats are more invested in defeating the president than in choosing a nominee.”
That argument was echoed by aides to several campaigns, who suggested they weren’t surprised given how undecided Iowans were in the final days leading up to the caucus. In New Hampshire, Sanders, whose electability argument largely rests on his ability to turn out new voters, said he was concerned about the lackluster numbers but pointed to numbers that suggested younger voters had turned out in higher numbers than four years ago.