MILWAUKEE: Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren walked away with the largest share of delegates from tonight’s satellite Iowa Caucus at Marquette University.
Seven Iowans participated in the event, which lasted just over 20 minutes, before a crowd of about three dozen observers and roughly a dozen media members.
Up for grabs were four delegate slots that will be pooled with the at-large results from 87 satellite caucuses hosted in 13 states, Washington, D.C., and three countries.
Warren, with three people supporting her, won two delegate slots. Meanwhile, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Wisconsin’s Dem primary in 2016, and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, each won support from two caucus-goers. That earned them one delegate slot each.
Eight people ultimately were approved to participate in the caucus, but only seven showed up. Thus, candidates needed at least two people supporting them to hit the 15 percent viability threshold to win a delegate slot.
Representatives for several of the candidates spoke about why their candidate deserves to be elected for about one minute each before the caucusing began.
Representatives for former Vice President Joe Biden, Klobuchar, Warren, Sanders and businessman Andrew Yang gave speeches, but no other candidate representatives addressed the group.
Support for Biden, Warren, and Klobuchar among members of the public observing the caucus was apparent even before the Iowa voters showed up, with most of the observers arriving in candidate-branded clothing of some kind.
James Balk, a Vietnam War veteran who was at the caucus to observe, said he supports Sanders, because he agrees with his positions on corruption in the government, democracy and climate change.
“It goes back to my backing Ralph Nader way back when,” said Balk, comparing the progressive nature of the two candidates.
One Iowa caucus-goer who chose Sanders at his home caucus in 2016 changed his mind at this year’s caucus.
“I think it’s insane that there hasn’t been a female president in my lifetime,” said immigration lawyer Evan McCarthy.
McCarthy said his decision in this caucus was influenced by thinking about his own mom and sisters. He also said he would vote for whoever the DNC nominates because beating President Trump is the top goal of this election.
–By David Wise and Adam Kelnhofer