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Black Hawk County Republicans will caucus at the UNI-Dome

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It's being billed the largest caucus event in the State of Iowa. The Black Hawk County Republicans have announced they will be holding their caucus in one location instead of at dozens of separate precincts all over the county. However, they have a lot to overcome.

In 2008, during the presidential caucus, Central Middle School in Waterloo was packed. The traffic outside was at a stand still and not everyone who attended was happy.

"They just thought it wasn't worth waiting and thought it was going to take hours upon hours so they just left," said one caucus goer.

Mac MacDonald attended the event and wasn't happy with how it was handled so instead of complaining, he got involved. McDonald is now chairman of the Black Hawk County Republicans.

"The last presidential election we were casting our votes when Des Moines was announcing the winners. That's not what Iowa is about. We want to get the votes in and get them down to Des Moines so our votes count," McDonald said.

On January 3rd, the Black Hawk County Republican Caucus will be held in at the UNI-Dome, where they are used to handling events this size. Organizers say it's a good thing because party leaders were told to expect 25 percent more people than in 2008.

"The majority of the voters out there are independent. We're trying to show them that Black Hawk County Republicans aren't the old Republican Party. We're new and we have new ideas and we're trying to put Black Hawk County on the map," McDonald said.

Officials say they expect between 4,000 and 6,000 people to attend the caucus this year. They will put Waterloo residents on the floor of the UNI-Dome. On the west side Cedar Falls residents, and then on the east side they will have all other townships line up on the concourse.

"We've learned from what happened in '08. We've learned what we needed more of and what we don't need so it's going to be a great event," McDonald said.

All republican presidential candidates have been invited to the event.

Since it will be one of the few in the state where all the precincts in one county will be in one location.

Also this year, the Black Hawk County Democrats will be hosting their caucus at Central Middle School in Waterloo. The Democrats are also expecting a good turnout to support President Obama.

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