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Wisconsin Holds Satellite Iowa Caucus

And its votes are in. At Marquette University, Iowa residents living here vote. And who won?

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Feb 4th, 2020 10:42 am
Seven people attended Wisconsin's first satellite caucus at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Photo by Alana Watson/WPR.

Seven people attended Wisconsin’s first satellite caucus at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Photo by Alana Watson/WPR.

Wisconsin held its first Iowa satellite caucus Monday night at Marquette University, and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren won by a single vote.

The Iowa Democratic Party allowed registered Iowa Democrats to participate in the first-in-the-nation satellite caucuses. The caucuses gave Iowa Democrats who couldn’t attend their precinct caucuses the chance to caucus in 24 out-of-state and three international satellite locations. Those include Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida and Tennessee, as well as in foreign countries like France and Scotland.

Seven registered caucus voters attended Wisconsin’s first satellite caucus at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where representatives from five Democratic candidates boosted their favorites by speaking on their promises.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and entrepreneur Andrew Yang had representatives in Milwaukee. Other contenders, like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager and environmental activist, didn’t.

Steven Wallace represented Klobuchar during the Milwaukee caucus. Wallace and his wife were Klobuchar’s classmates in college.

“This is something like ranked voting,” Wallace said. “So, we are here to tell Amy’s story, to advocate for her, persuade people who are undecided if she’s a second choice and to welcome those for those who Amy is their first choice.”

A candidate needed 15 percent support from caucus voters to be considered viable. This meant that candidates needed two votes to be considered viable at the caucus in Milwaukee.

During the first round, two people voted for Klobuchar, two people for Sanders and three people for Warren. Milwaukee’s caucus lasted less than 20 minutes.

Ashlie Benson, a Warren representative, said winning by one vote is significant for Iowa and Milwaukee.

“Seeing that third person go to Elizabeth Warren made me so excited because there are a lot of people who are loud, but that doesn’t mean that is going to be the one that shines, and I really enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Warren shining tonight.”

Evan McCarthy was one of the three people who voted for Warren. He said the caucus in Milwaukee was nothing compared to an Iowa caucus.

“I wasn’t expecting it to go that way,” McCarthy said jokingly. “I was sort of expecting that I’d be the only person, but I was pleased. I was also pleased to see people vote for Bernie and I like Amy Klobuchar, too. I think that she would be a great (vice presidential) pick for someone like Bernie or Elizabeth Warren.”

The application to hold a caucus in Milwaukee was coordinated and submitted by the College Democrats student organization at Marquette University.

The Iowa caucuses are seen as strong indicators for how a presidential candidate will do through the party’s primary season.

Listen to the WPR report here.

Wisconsin Holds First Iowa Satellite Caucus At Marquette University was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

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