Weather scare at Iowa and live report from the Iowa Caucuses



With a strong winter storm taking over atmosphere at the Hawkeye State on Monday night, the Democrats and the Republicans have closely monitored weather conditions to estimate how it might affect voters turnout. The storm was predicted not to hit until after the voting ends.

“Through about 9 p.m. it doesn’t look bad or much snow in any location,” said Roger Vachalek, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told the Des Moines Register. “I doubt there will be much of any accumulation by that time. Maybe less than half an inch or so in some areas.”

The candidates were believing strongly that the weather reports are right.

“We’ve got such a great campaign organization. We’ve got thousands of volunteers. We knocked on 125,000 doors this weekend. There’s just so much excitement” Clinton said on NBC’s “Today” show Monday morning. “We hope that even though it’s a tight race, a lot of the people who are committed to caucusing for me will be there and standing up for me. And I will do the same for them in the campaign and in the presidency.”

There is no doubt that the absence of an incumbent candidate, coupled with the unconventional style of several candidates, has sparked Iowans’ interest in the race this year. Jeff Kaufmann, who chairs the Iowa Republican Party, reported that his office has been receiving five to six times as many calls compared to past years.

“The phone calls at the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters are absolutely unprecedented. I mean, we’re looking at 100 an hour, literally” he said. “Now, obviously, not all of that is tied to Donald Trump. There’s also a lot of these calls that are going to a variety of candidates. But I think that’s a sign of the enthusiasm.”

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) stated loudly that assessment in an interview, saying Trump has “turned out bigger crowds than we’ve ever seen before.”

“I know everybody is saying, ‘Are they just coming for curiosity?’ But I think they’re for real; they’re committed and will show up for caucuses. I do,” Branstad said. “I’ve been pretty impressed with what they’ve done.

“Of course we saw this phenomenon eight years ago with Obama,” he said, referring to President Obama’s first White House bid. “It was beyond what anyone could have imagined and I think Trump is a phenomenon too.”