First, a Hillary Clinton supporter asked Bill Cobb if she could put a campaign sign in front of his Boone, Iowa, home. Then a backer of Barack Obama showed up. A few days later, a canvasser for John Edwards came by.
Signs for all three candidates now adorn Cobb’s lawn, making it ground zero in a battle among Democratic presidential candidates to woo voters in Iowa’s first-in- the-nation contests next month. With just 1,240 people having taken part in the caucuses in Boone County four years ago, the campaigns are competing for the support of even individual voters such as Cobb.
The relatively small numbers of voters involved in the caucus means the campaigns are putting a premium on on- the-ground organization because a close race will be decided by a candidate’s ability to turn out the vote.