NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — At hundreds of fire stations, high school gyms, church basements, American Legion halls and even a few private homes, Iowans gathered Monday night for the state's famed caucuses — the first step toward picking a new U.S. president.
Here's what some of them had to say as they headed into what amount to neighborhood meetings, where they were sure to boost some candidates and likely to end the White House dreams of others.
"We're very low-tech here. Everything is just pencil and paper. Some bigger caucuses have fancier setups, but this has always worked for us." — John Anderson, 54, of Nevada, Iowa, temporary chairman of Nevada Republican Ward 4.
"I'm sort of uncommitted. If by joining O'Malley's group I can make him viable, I'll join. I want to keep him in the race." — Janice Seibel, 63, of Nevada, Iowa. She said she would likely support Sen. Bernie Sanders if former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was not an option in the Democratic race.
"Hillary goes out and works with what we have to work with. She works across the aisle and gets things accomplished." — John Grause, 54, of Nevada, Iowa, who is serving as a precinct captain for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"It's going to be Bernie. Hillary is history. He hasn't been bought."— Su Podraza-Nagle, 55, of Nevada, Iowa, who is caucusing for Sanders.
"Even though he's conservative, he's keeping social issues largely out of his things and focusing on other issues I think are more important," — Annette Satre, 54, of Nevada, Iowa, an accountant who is caucusing for Marco Rubio.
She was with her daughter, Carrie Satre, who is caucusing for the first time.
"I'm going to soak it all in and make a spur-of-the-moment decision," said Carrie Satre, 19, of Nevada, Iowa, an accounting student at Des Moines Area Community College, who hadn't settled on a candidate.