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Caucus Day!!!

Posted by mesablue on January 3, 2008

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Iowans are congregating by the tens of dozens today to kick of the primary season with their quasi-democratic caucus selection process.

Our buddy Russ from Winterset is caucusing for Fred! tonight and promises updates from the scene. The Des Moines Register has full online coverage — here.

Updates as the day goes on. Already Bill Clinton is spinning — “I didn’t win a primary until Georgia.”

Heh, first update from Russ over at AoS:

I went to the Rotary meeting today at noon, and had a good conversation with my “inside source” with the Madison County Republican party. He said that they only anticipate having five precinct captains speak up for their candidates, but that wasn’t the good part.


Guess who’s standing up to speak for Mike Huckabee?


No, God’s going to be busy watching the Virginia Tech/Kansas football game, and Jesus said something about trying to catch up on some NHL games he’s TiVo’d. Huck’s going to be handling this one with a mere mortal.


The Precinct Captain for Mike Huckabee will be: Mike Huckabee’s sister. I. Shit. You. Not. Mike Freakin’ Huckabee’s freakin’ sister. What are the odds of that happening?


Advice time, morons: Should I refrain from calling Mike Huckabee a pigf*&ker in front of his sister, or should I let ‘er rip?

I know what I’d do, but hey, that’s just me.

Update 8:30 pm: With 10 % of the dem vote reported CNN is saying 34 % Edwards, 32% Clinton, 31% Obama and 2% Richardson. The dems have that goofy second place rule in their caucus and it looks like that will come into play tonight for at least a few candidates.

On the Republican side, only 2% reporting: 33 % Huckabee, 24% Romney, 17% Thompson, 11% McCain.

Long night ahead. We’re also live blogging over at AoS.

Update 8:50 pm
:

Missed the dems, on the Republican side with 15% in: 36% Huckabee, 23% Romney, 15% Thompson, 12% McCain.

The larger precincts have yet to report and the dem caucuses are still going through their second round of voting.

Update 9:00 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. CNN and Fox just called it for Huckabee.

Huckabee 7,809 35% 0 25% reporting
Romney 5,355 24% 0
Thompson 3,178 14% 0
McCain 2,638 12% 0
Paul 2,425 11% 0
Giuliani 830 4% 0
Hunter 72 0% 0

On the dem side, things just took a turn for Obama.

Obama 206 33% 0 34%
reporting
Edwards 200 32% 0
Clinton 198 32% 0
Richardson 11 2% 0
Biden 6 1% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:15 pm: Obama moving up a little more.

Obama 373 34% 0 54%reporting
Edwards 345 32% 0
Clinton 340 31% 0
Richardson 19 2% 0
Biden 11 1% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0
Uncommitted 0 0% 0

Update 9:30 pm
: It’s a battle for second place in the dem primary with 2/3 of the vote in. Still too close to call, but it’s not turning out to be a good night for Team Hillary.

Obama 505 35% 0 66% reporting
Edwards 452 31% 0
Clinton 449 31% 0
Richardson 25 2% 0
Biden 14 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:31pm: CNN calls it for Obama.

Obama 580 35% 0 73% reporting
Edwards 511 31% 0
Clinton 507 31% 0
Richardson 30 2% 0
Biden 17 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 0 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 9:40
: Things are tightening up between Thompson and McCain with 65% in. On the dem side, second place is still too close to call.

Huckabee 25,510 34% 0 65% reporting
Romney 18,668 25% 0
Thompson 10,308 14% 0
McCain 9,891 13% 0
Paul 7,674 10% 0
Giuliani 2,708 4% 0
Hunter 324 0% 0

Obama 664 36% 0 78% reporting
Edwards 561 31% 0
Clinton 557 30% 0
Richardson 35 2% 0
Biden 18 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

One thing I like about this caucus thing — stuff happens very quickly. Not that many votes to keep track of and get reported.

Update 10:00 pm: Very tight between Thompson and McCain. Almost dead even between Edwards and Clinton.

Huckabee 28,762 34% 0 72% reporting
Romney 21,213 25% 0
Thompson 11,522 14% 0
McCain 11,281 13% 0
Paul 8,549 10% 0
Giuliani 3,053 4% 0
Hunter 366 0% 0

Obama 816 37% 0 90% reporting
Edwards 663 30% 0
Clinton 656 30% 0
Richardson 48 2% 0
Biden 20 1% 0
Uncommitted 2 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0


Update 10:15 pm
: Thompson and McCain reaching near dead heat status. The dems are still too close between Edwards and Clinton. For some reason Edwards is on TV right now claiming victory. “The status quo lost and change won.” Heh, every democrat is running on a “change” platform. Obama crushed the two of them, I can’t see what Edwards thinks he has to celebrate.

Huckabee 30,852 34% 0 76% reporting
Romney 22,973 25% 0
Thompson 12,289 14% 0
McCain 12,109 13% 0
Paul 8,995 10% 0
Giuliani 3,246 4% 0
Hunter 392 0% 0

Obama 867 37% 0 94% reporting
Edwards 697 30% 0
Clinton 687 30% 0
Richardson 50 2% 0
Biden 22 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0


Update 10:30 pm
: Yikes! McCain just passed Thompson, still too close to call. On the dem side, Hillary is done. Edwards takes second.

Huckabee 31,508 34% 0 78% reporting
Romney 23,682 25% 0
McCain 12,520 14% 0
Thompson 12,484 13% 0
Paul 9,132 10% 0
Giuliani 3,321 4% 0
Hunter 395 0% 0

Obama 899 38% 14 96% reporting
Edwards 716 30% 12
Clinton 705 29% 13
Richardson 50 2% 0
Biden 22 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

Update 11:00 pm
: Wow. Fred is back in third w/ 85% of the vote in.

Huckabee 35,257 34% 0 85% reporting
Romney 25,995 25% 0
Thompson 13,786 14% 0
McCain 13,473 13% 0
Paul 9,992 10% 0
Giuliani 3,571 4% 0
Hunter 452 0% 0

Update 12:00 am: Results coming in very slowly now.

Huckabee 35,621 34% 0 86% reporting
Romney 26,524 26% 0
Thompson 13,932 13% 0
McCain 13,693 13% 0
Paul 10,184 10% 0
Giuliani 3,613 4% 0
Hunter 458 0% 0

Update 12:30 am: The dem results are final and we’re at 93% on the Republican side. Looks like Fred may be safe in third.

Huckabee 38,605 34% 17 93% reporting
Romney 28,367 25% 12
Thompson 15,044 13% 3
McCain 14,749 13% 3
Paul 11,232 10% 2
Giuliani 3,853 4% 0
Hunter 499 1% 0

Obama 940 38% 16 100% reporting
Edwards 744 30% 14
Clinton 737 29% 15
Richardson 53 2% 0
Biden 23 1% 0
Uncommitted 3 0% 0
Dodd 1 0% 0
Gravel 0 0% 0
Kucinich 0 0% 0

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7 Responses to “Caucus Day!!!”

  1. TRM said

    Ha ha ha ha you said, pig fucker,,,,

  2. what’s “quasi” about it?

  3. mesablue said

    Caucuses are interesting, but such a small part of the voting populace actually participates. It’s more of an insider thing. We’ve had a few caucuses in Michigan and they were disastrous. The party was trying to control the outcome of the election by cutting out ninety per cent of the voters. It blew up in their face — they’ll never do that again.

  4. geoff said

    Sigh. Now we have to listen to Huckabee’s team crow over their victory.

  5. mesablue said

    For a couple of weeks. He’ll be a non-factor in a month.

  6. jayne said

    Mesa,
    How did Russ get in touch with the Fred team?? I can’t. And I am not so sure that Huckabee will be simply a flash in the pan. According to some South Carolina and Deleware sites I found on Google, he seems to have quite a following.

  7. mesablue said

    Jayne, Fred actually had a bunch of people on the ground in Iowa.

    I’m not sending any more money until I hear from a real live human being. Yes, they were busy in Iowa, but our primary is coming up. At the very least have someone organizing the party faithful.

    Also, take heart in at least one thing, identity politics works in a small venue like the Iowa caucus, it tends to get diluted in larger states. Huckabee will not make it through Super Tuesday. without taking several serious beatings. Heck, he’s going to get beat up in New Hampshire, Florida and Michigan.

    It was heartening to hear a lot of people calling into conservative talk radio today asking why “conservatives” are not giving Thompson a closer look. I think they will, I just don’t want it ti be too late to matter.

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