Our local caucus location for the 36th legislative district was overwhelmed today by the turnout, which beat 2004 by a factor of 2 or 3 by my estimate. I thought the interest was high in ’04 — WOW. Luckily I got there early. Stragglers found it difficult to find their precinct tables amid the crush.
There were 42 voters in our precinct — in 2004 I remember maybe 12 or so. Amazing. The vote was 30 / 10 / 2 (Obama/Clinton/Uncommitted), which meant 3 of our 4 precinct delegates were for Obama. Another precinct had even stronger results for Obama, with 5 delegates for Obama vs. 1 for Clinton.
If I had to characterize (and why blog if I wouldn’t?), the Obama supporters were more generally younger, newer to the political arena, and more fervent for their candidate.