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Linn County caucus sees record turnout

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Record crowds poured into Linn County's 86 precincts on caucus night.

At the county's largest precinct at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, 400 people listened to final pitches from the candidate's representatives.

But many we spoke with had made up their minds long before.

"It strengthened my opinion.  I had my mind made up 3 weeks ago," said Rob Schull of Cedar Rapids.

By the time the votes were tallied, few were surprised to see Mitt Romney on top, both in the precinct and in the county as he did in 2008.

"The election is about electing a chief executive office to run the largest economy in the world," said Frank Fowler, a Romney supporter. 

As Linn County Republican party members gathered at headquarters to watch the race unfold, it became evident, the state's race wouldn't be as clear cut.

Some stayed to the bitter end to watch Romney edge Rick Santorum by a mere eight votes.

"It's really it's a two man race.  There may be some spoilers but really that's what it is," said Aaron Rupp, a Santorum supporter.

A marathon night for many in Linn County,and it's just first step on the way to narrowing down the field.

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