As people streamed into Joe Biden’s election night party at Drake University, attendees were nervously awaiting results.
Biden had not met the viability threshold in a Johnston precinct where Melanie Weatherall, a 50-year-old former nurse, said she caucused.
She said she’s “very discouraged, because people aren’t waking up — they don’t understand.”
“I keep talking to people until I’m blue in the face, because none of them can beat Trump or Republicans,” Weatherall said. “So we’re going to be stuck with Donald Trump another four years.”
Tom Rial, a precinct captain for Biden in suburban West Des Moines, said he was nervous. In his precinct, he said, the top five contenders were virtually tied, with Buttigieg taking three of the 11 available delegates and Biden, Klobuchar, Warren and Sanders taking two each.
He said he was surprised to hear from friends in more rural precincts that Buttigieg had been strong.
“I don’t know. I don’t know how things are going,” he said. “It looks like a bunch of ties.”