'A Perfect Day For Caucusing'
By Jose Antonio Vargas
WEST DES MOINES--It's 9 a.m. CST, a cold but sunny Thursday in Des Moines. "A perfect day," says Tom Laughead, a 49-year-old bicycle shop manager, "for caucusing."
A lot is riding on Laughead's shoulders today. He's the precinct chair for Sen. Hillary Clinton in one of West Des Moines' 17 precincts, and it's his job to get Clinton's caucusgoers to the precinct tonight. He's got a schedule. At noon, he's knocking on doors around his house here on Woodland Avenue. Three hours later, he'll pick up some food for the caucus site, and will check in with two other Clinton volunteers who are driving caususgoers to their precinct.
The stump speeches, the town hall meetings, the mailers, all that ends today. Now it's all about GOTV, caucus-speak for "get out the vote." Campaigns have strategies at work. If you're caucusing for Sen. Barack Obama and need a baby-sitter, no problem. Elderly supporters of Sen. Chris Dodd can get a ride from volunteers. Clinton has distributed more than 600 shovels -- just in case it snows tonight.
Volunteers such as Laughead play a key role in a day like this.
"It's gonna be a busy day," says the father of three, sighing and smiling at the same time.
Washington Post editors
January 3, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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