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Saturday, February 9, 2008

LIVE Inside the Washington Caucuses: Madness

After convening my precinct's caucus nearly an hour ago, and screaming myself hoarse to the HUGE crowd of people gathered in my precinct, I think the appropriate word to describe turnout today is megagigantic-massive.

I was not prepared for this. None of the organizers at our area were.

We ran out of chairs.

We ran out of sign in sheets (had to send someone to the copier for more).

We ran out of pens.

We ran out of tables.

We are out of everything here except for people. It feels like practically the whole neighborhood is here. It's really amazing. We have young and old, black and white, gay and straight. So many people came that I had to turn myself around constantly just so that people could hear me speak.

I had to climb up on top of the table and shout. I felt like I was under siege as people peppered me with questions and pleas for more sign in forms.

We're just tallying the final sign in numbers now, so I've got to finish running the precinct caucus. But I will check back in after the proceedings have finished here with a more complete report.

UPDATE: Welcome Atrios readers! More coverage in this post.


Blogger Vigilante said...

Yes! Obama is the one to put America Barack on track!

February 9, 2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Got back from my caucus in Beacon Hill (Seattle) not long ago. Our precinct went 3-1 in favor of Obama with Sen. Clinton barely meeting the 15% threshold. I heard similar numbers from others in the 11th district. The comments on a Seattle P-I article also indicate an Obama victory:

February 9, 2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger John Emerson said...

Minnesota Democratic caucuses were much bigger than expected too. I think it's true nationwide.

February 9, 2008 5:22 PM  

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