Barack Obama greets diners at a food court in the Kaleidoscope Hub shopping center January 3, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty Images)
By Shailagh Murray
When the networks called the race, Barack Obama supporters had just started to trickle into the downtown arena that the campaign had booked for caucus night, and they reacted with both shock and glee as the returns rolled in. Senior Obama advisor David Axelrod said the most surprising thing was the turnout. "These were numbers you'd expect almost in a primary," he said. "The prodigious turnout was breathtaking, and it eclipsed anything I heard predicted. It's just fabulous to see people engaged in this way."
One crucial group, he said: young voters. "Younger voters participated in far greater numbers than ever before," said Axelrod as he studied the screen of his Blackberry, still appearing somewhat stunned at the returns.
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