Record Turnout for Democrats in the Iowa Caucus

JANUARY 3RD, 2008 | ryan.alexander is reporting that Democrats bested the Republican turnout in the Iowa Caucuses by a 2:1 margin with 227,000 attending the Democratic caucus and 120,000 attending the Republican caucus:

With such a close race on both sides, voter turnout was key. The Iowa Democratic Party reported seeing record turnout. The party said there were at least 227,000 caucus attendees. The Iowa GOP projects that 120,000 people took part in the Republican caucuses.

Congratulations to all of the attendees, the Iowa Democratic Party, and all of the fantastic candidates for the record turnout, what a great start to 2008 for Democrats!

Senator Tom Harkin released this statement today in regards to Senator Barack Obama’s victory and the record turnout:

I congratulate Senator Obama for winning the Iowa Caucuses and I salute all of our Democratic candidates for their hard work.

But the biggest winners of the night were the people of Iowa and our Democratic party.

Democratic turnout tonight was dramatic, and speaks volumes about the enthusiasm and excitement for our candidates. The passion is on the Democratic side, and I have no doubt we will be electing a Democratic President in November. | digg this | stumble it! | share on facebook

On January 5th, 2008 at 11:34 PM, Sondra Seward wrote:

Today we received an e-mail photo of Obama, Hillary, Richardson, and Mrs. Harkin standing on a platform. The caption read, “A picture worth a thousand words.” It stated that they were saluting during the national anthem, everyone, that is, except Obama who was standing with hands down at his sides. It is clear to me that the picture was either doctored or that there is a logical explanation. Can you enlighten me so that I can respond to the “sender” in an informed manner? This is just another attempt by the opposition to distort the facts and to discredit Obama, and I am appalled by it!

On January 7th, 2008 at 09:06 AM, Ryan Alexander wrote:


The email that you are referring to was started by a right-wing smear machine called “NewsBusters”. The Washington Post has a good summary of the facts on this topic:

On February 7th, 2008 at 09:50 PM, June wrote:

Senator Harkin, I am proud to say you are my Senator. Now, would you please do the right thing and endorse Sen. Obama? I see where Gov. Culver has now endorsed him. Sen. Obama would make the USA proud, again. Thanks for listening.

On March 28th, 2008 at 10:17 PM, Cheryl wrote:

Senator Harkin, Iowa needs you to endorse Sen. Obama. He not only won in January but he also overwhelmingly added to that lead by receiving most of Edwards delegates in March. Sen. Clinton was not the second choice of Iowan and by her recent words has indicated that she does not support the caucus process. Where will Iowa’s first in the nation status be with Sen. Clinton in charge. Please endorse Senator Obama before the Penn. Primaries.

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