DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – A heavy turnout at the Iowa caucuses might favor New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, thanks to key support from a powerful ally.
Clinton received a big boost from EMILY’s List, a national group that works to elect women candidates who favor abortion rights. The group contacted 60,OOO Iowa women with no history of caucusing and asked them to support Clinton.
The Clinton campaign itself also contacted tens of thousands of Iowans who had never caucused before. Most of them were age 50 and above. The campaign set up a "buddy" system to encourage the newcomers to attend caucuses.
A rush of new caucus goers tonight could mean good news for Clinton as it could for her Democratic rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
–CNN's Candy Crowley