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Monday News, February 3rd


(Le Mars) — The day is finally here. The Iowa Caucus will take place this evening. Political figures have been criss-crossing the Hawkeye state in some cases for more than a year in attempts to attract would-be voters to their side. Although, state republicans will also hold their caucus, most of the focus this year will be centered on the Democrats with more than a dozen
candidates seeking the presidential nomination. There
are some changes to the caucus system. Mark Sturgeon serves as the chairman for the Plymouth County Democratic party and says many questions can be answered by accessing a link on the internet.

Sturgeon reminds would-be voters that the locations for the caucus is different from where you would normally cast your votes for an election.

Sturgeon says during the caucus, delegates supporting one particular candidate may try to lure other delegates to switch sides and come join them in support of their candidate.

Many of the presidential candidates have made campaign appearances within the region, and a few, including their surrogates, have even stopped in Plymouth County. Sturgeon says still many Plymouth County Democrats have not yet made up their mind as to which candidate they wish to support.

As for the Republicans, Carl Stodden, who is the chairman for the Plymouth County Republican party says many people may not realize there are three candidates seeking the nomination for president.

Stodden says although the primary election isn’t until June, he says the caucus will serve as an opportunity for people to share their reasons for supporting their candidate seeking the 4th District Representative position.
They include: Steve King, the incumbent candidate from Kiron, State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull, Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City, and Brett Richards, former mayor from Irwin. Stodden says republicans
will also decide some party platform positions.

Both political parties have 13 precincts within Plymouth County.

The Iowa Caucus starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. this evening.



Estimated A Billion Dollars Has Been Spent For Iowa Caucus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More than two years have passed since the first presidential announcement, nearly $1 billion has been spent and numerous candidates have already come and gone. And yet the Democrats’ turbulent 2020 primary season officially begins Monday. By day’s end, tens of thousands of
Iowa Democrats will have decided the results of their presidential caucus in the contest to challenge President Donald Trump. Democrats enter the first contest with uncertainty and deepening intraparty resentment. The top four candidates are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor
Pete Buttigieg.



Man Breaks Into State Capitol Building

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man broke into the Iowa Capitol and caused some damage. Surveillance cameras recorded images of the man as he entered the building around 2:55 a.m. Sunday. The nature and extent of the damage he caused hasn’t been released. Authorities say he might have
suffered injuries to his hands and arms. No arrest has been reported.



What Are Caucuses?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa caucuses are small local meetings where neighbors and strangers stand up to show their support for a particular candidate and to persuade others to join them. They’re also the first opportunity for Democrats to express their preferences in what’s been a long and tumultuous primary. Iowa’s 41 pledged national delegates are awarded based on the results. The winner of the caucuses may also get a boost in
fundraising, media attention and momentum in the following primaries. A bad performance could also doom a candidate.