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Iowa caucuses go on despite winter weather

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

Snow-packed roads and frigid temps couldn't keep the die-hard caucus-goers away Monday night.

Despite the weather, the Chair of the Black Hawk County Democrats, Vikki Brown says neither party could cancel.

"Just like a Broadway show, the caucus must go on regardless. This is what we do. We have candidates that are running for office. We have got to elect delegates. Our next convention is our county convention, so we have got to have people to move forward to that," said Brown.

While all county Democrat precincts gathered in one place to caucus, the Republicans spread out in 10 locations throughout the county, gathering in small groups.

"It's never good when you have weather like this, but we are Iowans. We are pretty hardy, so we are hopeful," said Black Hawk County Republican Chairman, Scott Adkins.

The turn-out ranging from a few people per precinct, to some precinct chairs doing their due diligence despite no one turning up.

For those who braved the weather Monday night, it's important to be involved even in an off year.

"I told someone I would be here to be the temporary chair and run the meeting. I even had a flat tire on the way here, so I had to scramble to get that fixed, but I made it," said Alan Jessen of Cedar Falls.

Both parties say their turn-out is rather low in a non-presidential election year anyway.  The snow only added to that. Just simply bad timing on Mother Nature's part.

The big race this year will be for governor. Governor Kim Reynolds is running for re-election among two other Republican candidates, while Democrats have eight candidates throwing their hats in the ring.

The two official party candidates will be decided this summer during the primaries.   

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