Let the political season officially begin. Iowans in both parties holding caucuses Tuesday night. Despite this not being a presidential election year there was still plenty at stake.
Iowans will elect both a Governor and Senator this year. And for Republicans especially Tuesday night's caucus could decide who ends up on the ballot.
"We have a long way to go before the primaries." stated Scott County republican Party Chair Judy Davidson.
Still the process is underway as a small but devoted group of Republicans and Democrats brave a cold January night to caucus.
"This is really where we get our base and our grassroots in terms of people showing up who want to help us and work towards victory," added Davidson.
"This is an opportunity to gather some volunteers for their campaigns were also obviously doing or organizing party building," said Scott County Democrat Party Chair Susan Frembgen.
Presidential vote or not these caucus goers say getting involved is the only way to help change things for the better.
"Getting involved in an off year cycle is a good way to show that you are not just there when the cameras show up. But you're here for the long haul for when the hard work needs to be done," said Scott County Democrat Jeff Wolf.
"I would like us to get back to our agenda and it isn't what it has been from Washington that's for sure," added Scott County Republican Karen Johnson.
Augustana Political Science Professor Dr. Christopher Whitt says this isn't your typical off year caucus.
"This has a lot of importance that a lot of people may not pay attention to."
Six Republicans are running for outgoing Senator Tom Harkin's seat. If no one gets at least 35 percent of the primary vote, then delegates chosen in the caucus system will pick the winner at the state convention.
Meanwhile Democrats have already rallied behind Bruce Braley who has been able to raise 10 times the amount of money of any of his Republican challengers.
"That can shift quickly once there's a decision on the Republican side, Republicans are very good about rallying behind whoever there candidates is," explained Whitt.
Republicans need to pick up just 6 seats to grab a Senate majority, Iowa is one seat party leaders think they can get.
"There's going to be national money, national interest, your going see outside third party ads all kinds of things are going to happen because both sides want this seat," added Whitt.
The state primary is set for June 3rd with both parties holding their state conventions later that month.
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