Caucus night in Wright County

Monday night saw both Wright County Democrats and Republicans out in full force in the “first-in-the-nation” voting event that is the Iowa caucuses. Most of the attention was on the Democratic side of the race with several candidates still running. In a change to the process, this year, the Iowa Democratic Party decided to have the over 1,700 state precincts report three sets of numbers: everyone’s first choice, the realignment choices (if your original candidate wasn’t “viable” with less than 15%), and the delegates each candidate is awarded. This process proved to be confusing in some cases, and what’s more, difficult to report on a new app that did not seem to be working for many people and a phone hotline that caused precinct officials to be put on hold for over an hour, in some cases only to be disconnected. 

The statewide Democratic caucus results were still not available at press time on Tuesday, nor were complete Wright County results. A few precincts shared some early unofficial results. The Clarion town precinct had 71 caucus-goers with Sanders getting the most popular votes in the second alignment followed by Klobuchar and Buttigieg. All three received 3 delegates. The Clarion rural precinct awarded 2 delegates each to Klobuchar and Buttigieg. Dows saw 18 caucus-goers with Warren and Sanders getting 1 delegate each. 

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