Key number in Iowa: 809
The Poweshiek County Republican Headquarters in Grinnell, Iowa.
December 28th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Key number in Iowa: 809

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Many candidates and political wonks like to talk about Iowa's 99 counties, but a more important number in this year's caucuses may be 809.

That's how many different sites will hold GOP caucuses next Tuesday, according to the Republican Party.

While Iowa has 1,774 precincts, many county organizations are doubling- or even tripling-up multiple precincts in single locations. In part, that's to help make logistics easier on caucus night as groups will be better able to coordinate, compare notes, and organize in closer proximity to each other.

But it's also due to a particular 2012 problem.

"With the (caucus) date getting pushed a month ahead, it was hard to find places," said Dubuque County Republican Chairman Matt Giese.

He, like many local Republican chairmen, had trouble locking in sites once the planned caucus date was changed from February 6 to January 3 and combining locations will solve issues of space as well as coordination.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    That will have an impact. Those who are luke-warm about attending the caucuses in the first place will likely not drive too far to attend one. If those consolidations lead to some longer drives, those with the best ground game and the most ardent supporters will have an advantage. The only plus is that it does not look like particularly bad weather. That would further hinder the turn-out.

    December 28, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think the news story of the day is the announcement by Iowa Republicans that they will count the ballots at a secret location. If Republican voters had any sense, they would see through the false argument and realize that Democracy doesn't function in total secrecy. The rationale that OWS protestors might interfere is a straw man argument. Fear. Fear and conspiracy theories are once again being used by Republicans to erode our freedoms.

    December 28, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    GOP the party of NO – no accountability, no integrity, no morals, no tolerance, no respect, no honesty, no honor, no personal freedom, no healthcare, no social security, no Medicaid, no Medicare, no voting rights, no vision, no science, no history, no facts, no religious freedom, no property rights, no worker's rights, no environmental concerns, no recovery, no future...........

    December 28, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Iowa only makes the news around election time. This antiquated system needs fixing. A lot of money is wasted trying to appeal to a very narrow, and very narrow-minded group of voters.

    December 28, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. L.T.

    Vote for America, Vote Republican. Oxymoron big time.

    December 28, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. NH Grandma

    If that sign was ground level, I'd walk my dog by when he has to pee.

    December 28, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    The sign should read vote for the rich in America. The only ones they care about.
    People are really stupid and dense to continue to vote for a party who doesn't care about 99% of the population of the US and I don't mean just the illegals!

    December 28, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |