In December 2007 the early signs of a wave of new voters coming to the caucuses for Barack Obama were seen when Democrats set their all-time caucus attendance record.
Back then, 8 of the 39 counties in Iowa that had at least 3,000 registered Democrats saw voter registration increases from the previous December.
This year, there is a lot of talk of a wave of new voters coming to shatter the all-time Republican caucus attendance record.
However, of the 62 counties in Iowa that have at least 3,000 registered Republicans, only 3 of them have more Republicans now than last January. And two of them, Linn and Hamilton, have only increased by a COMBINED 327 total voters.
Translation: Team Trump better have the best GOTV caucus night operation known to man.
Translation #2: Prior to 2008 Iowa Caucuses, 21% of Democrat counties saw an increase in voters. Prior to 2016 Iowa Caucuses only 4% of Republican counties have.
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