GRINNELL, Iowa—About 150 students have come in from out of town. Out of a student population of 1,500, 85 percent of whom are from outside Iowa, that’s not a whole lot. But since only a few hundred people are caucusing, the out-of-towners do make a difference. The school has opened up its gym, where they’ve laid out sleeping bags and blankets for the night.
One of them is Mikel Shybut, who’s here to support Obama. He drove over from Nebraska since “this might be the last chance I have” to caucus as first in the nation. I ask him if he thinks it’s unfair that one state is so influential. “Yeah. But since it’s my state, I’m not complaining.”