Record Turnout for Iowa Caucuses

d1aeb5f8-8334-431b-a13f-fadc53af5faa.jpgOn Monday, February 1, more than 186,000 Republicans showed up to cast their ballots and be the first to weigh in on choosing the next President of the United States. This record-setting turnout shows Republicans are energized and enthusiastic for November and the opportunity to move our country forward. In my own precinct, we had many voters register for the first time or change their registration from Democrat or No Party to the Republican Party.
I am very pleased with how our Republican caucuses were conducted.  New technology implemented this year gave us increased confidence in the integrity of the process and the results.  I have many friends who were a part of these campaigns, both as volunteers and also as paid staff, and I am proud of their work.
Despite widespread criticism from the national media, the Iowa Caucus system works and has earned us our first-in-the-nation status. Iowans of both parties take their responsibility as voters seriously.  In Iowa, candidates have to talk directly to voters and be able to answer tough questions. Democracy begins at the grassroots level, and it is refreshing to see it work in its purest form.
With the caucuses behind us, I remain excited for what lies ahead.  Attention returns to the work of the legislature and meeting the challenges we face here in Iowa as our first legislative funnel approaches. The week of February 15 marks the deadline for all bills to be passed out of committee in order to continue in the process. Although the snowstorm briefly slowed us down, we continue to move things along and have productive conversations on important issues.  As always, please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas as we move forward.  


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