DES MOINES -- The caucus in Precinct 70, Des Moines' largest, has officially begun. The chairman has called things to order (and passed around an envelop for contributions to offset the costs). Now they're counting people the old-fashioned way: having people count off.
The unofficial count: 623. In 2004 there were 360.
And that doesn't count the dozens of kids sitting on the floor in a corner of the gym.
Overheard from a John Edwards caucus leader: Obama has a LOT of people here.