DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 1, 2016) – Hours before the Iowa Caucuses, retail politics can be found in local coffee shops and restaurants statewide.
“Thank you,” Hillary Clinton said after ordering a latte at a downtown Des Moines coffee shop late Monday morning.
“We’re just having a good time,” she told FOX59’s Matt Smith. “We’re really excited about it.”
Clinton, in the final Des Moines Register Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, has just a slim lead over Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders, 45 percent to 42 percent.
“I’d loved him all along,” Shana Harder said, from Des Moines. “But I’m really surprised he’s gotten this much traction.”
Among Republicans, Donald Trump is looking to woo Iowa voters.
“My husband is going to caucus,” Tami Stroh said, from Des Moines. “I don’t think he’s got his mind made up, but he’s going to because he’s a Republican and that’s what he does.”
Trump maintains a small lead over Ted Cruz in the final poll.
Cruz’s campaign is downplaying whether Iowa is a must-win.
“We’ve always been the underdog in this race,” Rick Tyler said, a top adviser to Cruz. “Because we’ve done so well now, people have started to say that.”
Typically analysts talk about three tickets out of Iowa.
But this cycle, among the GOP contenders, they’ll be watching the top four or five. This weekend 45 percent of GOP caucus-goers said they could still change their minds, according to the Des Moines Register poll.
“Well, I think we surprise you guys on Monday night,” Gov. Mike Huckabee said after Thursday’s debate.
Turnout Monday evening will be everything.
“Hi, this is Shelby, and I’m a volunteer calling for the Marco Rubio campaign,” Shelby Truitt said, who traveled to Iowa from Lebanon to campaign for Rubio.
Truitt and a number other Hoosiers have made the trip to work the phone banks and knock on doors all the way up until the caucuses begin.
“I don’t think any of us had done anything like this before,” Adam Schaaf said, from Evansville.
Both Democratic and Republican caucuses begin at 8 p.m.