Even though attendance at the state’s democratic caucus was lower than expected, Johnson County set a record.
The Daily Iowan reports that 21,437 people showed up to caucus here, breaking the 2016 record of 19,407. Another report from Tufts University said that people from the ages of 17 to 29 made up nearly a quarter of all caucus goers this year, the highest proportion recorded in a Democratic Caucus.
The state Secretary of State’s website indicates that although the number of Democrats registered statewide have dropped since 2008, in Johnson County the number has jumped from 43.4 percent in 2008 to 47.2 percent this year.
The DI pointed to a report from the University of Delaware that analyzed this year’s caucus and showed high turnout among young people was partially driven by Bernie Sanders. The Vermont candidate drew 48 percent of support among people under 30 across the state.