Tomorrow, Iowa Democrats will caucus for their favorite presidential candidate. And if this weekend’s rally attendance is any indicator, it’s clear who’s exciting Iowans more.
Saturday night, Bernie Sanders held a rally in Iowa City that brought out approximately 3,800 supporters. In fact, the local fire marshal had to turn away hundreds more who had hoped to see the nation’s lone democratic socialist U.S. Senator speak. The Independent Journal reported that approximately 500 people had to be turned away due to the lack of standing room at the University of Iowa.
In this video, Sanders’ crowd at the University of Iowa Field House roared with thunderous applause upon the conclusion of his speech:
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 31, 2016
In contrast, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a rally at the 5 Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, but only filled half the room with under 200 supporters. The small showing was likely a huge disappointment for the former First Lady and U.S. Senator, who is trying to rev up excitement for her campaign before the first official contest of the 2016 presidential primary:
Clinton’s media team did their best to hide the relatively small number of supporters at the rally by only training cameras to zoom out to a certain degree:
— Hillary Live (@HillaryTvLive) January 29, 2016
Despite endorsements in recent days from established newspapers the Des Moines Register, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears to be struggling to muster the same enthusiasm from her supporters that Sanders supporters have for their candidate.
While Sanders appears to be the clear winner in rally attendance, it remains to be seen whether or not the Vermont senator will be able to turn rally-goers into voters when Iowans caucus on February 1.