Wildest Iowa caucus ever?

Political Theater, Episode 110

The Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses could see record turnout and a wild finish for delegates. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses could see record turnout and a wild finish for delegates. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Jason Dick
Posted January 29, 2020 at 1:08pm

Just a few days to go, and it’s anyone’s guess who will win the Iowa caucuses. What’s the biggest thing on Iowans’ minds as they decide among a jumbled contest among the Democrats? Impeachment? Electability? Personal likability?

The last time we spoke with caucus expert and political scientist David Redlawsk, he was just starting a six-monthlong sabbatical in Iowa. Amid the electoral hubbub of the Iowa State Fair in August, Redlawsk said Iowans were just not sure what to do with all these candidates, as more than 20 Democrats, and even some Republicans, made their cases in the Hawkeye State. 

Well, the field has certainly slimmed down among the Democrats, but many of the dynamics have not changed. There is a a cluster of candidates all within striking distance of victory: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

Redlawsk thinks the interest in the process, as well as a somewhat favorable weather forecast for Feb. 3, could send turnout to record levels, shattering the record 239,000-plus who came out in 2008. Check out his other observations about life in Iowa and what to expect come Monday in this week’s Political Theater podcast

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