While many had their eyes glued on the Republican Caucus at the UNI-Dome, area Democrats held their own caucus in Waterloo. President Barack Obama is their nominee and they say he's still the best man for the job.
Hundreds made their way into Central Middle School in Waterloo Tuesday evening. While Republicans are still looking for a candidate to unite the party, Democrats already have their man chosen. Caucus-goers say that gives them a big advantage and head start when it comes to the presidential election at the end of the year.
President Obama made an appearance via video conference to a packed crowd in the Central Middle School Auditorium. Area Democrats who will be up for re-election this year spoke to the very enthusiastic crowd.
Representative Bruce Braley received a very warm welcome. He will need to overcome the challenge of redistricting in the upcoming election.
"There isn't a big doubt as how the presidential preference selection is going to turn out tonight, but these are people who are passionate about making a difference that's why they're here. They want to know more about what they can do. How they can get involved to make a difference," said Braley.
Tuesday night also gave Democrats a chance to get their house in order by filling vacant spots in local committees and also picking delegates for the upcoming conventions.
Event organizers estimate around 500 people turned out for the Black Hawk County Democratic Caucus Tuesday evening. They say that is an impressive turnout for a year when the presidential nominee is uncontested.