In case you hadn’t seen the numbers, the Des Moines Register reports…
Democratic and Republican Iowa caucus-goers tonight turned out in historic numbers to show their support for their favorite presidential candidate.
The record-setting turnout in many Iowa precincts caused problems in finding parking places and overcrowding in many caucus sites. Some precincts reported running out of paper ballots and delays in registration as well as the start of the caucus process.
With 93.5 percent of precincts reporting, Iowa Democratic Party officials reported 218,000 caucus attendees, compared to 124,000 in 2004. Iowa Republican Party officials reported projections of about 114,000 people taking part, shattering the numbers of 2000 Republican caucuses won by George W. Bush that drew 87,666.
Huge numbers resulted in a delay in calculating candidate preferences in today’s first-in-the nation caucus.
It also resulted in more than one potential supporter abandoning the caucus because of the inconvenience.
There were no seats and little standing room available for Republican caucus-goers at Berg Middle School in Newton, said Norman McDonald, of rural Jasper County.
“I left without voting because the crowd was too large,” he said. “I’m 80 years old and I couldn’t stand up for as long as it was going to take.”
McDonald drove 10 miles from his home to arrive at the school by 6:15 p.m.
Look out. Here comes a lawyer…