Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann on Sunday predicted that despite the forecasted subzero temperatures and parts of Iowa hit by a blizzard over the weekend, there will be a “robust turnout” on Monday night’s caucuses.
“Temperatures are the least of my concern in terms of depressing turnout. Iowans know how to dress for that,” Kaufmann said, speaking to reporters at an event hosted Bloomberg in Des Moines.
“From what I’m hearing, and what I’m seeing in the rallies…I think it’s going to be a robust turnout,” he added.
Kaufmann, who has not endorsed a candidate, said “complacency” is the “number one worry.”
Candidates – including frontrunner former President Donald Trump – have urged their supporters to brave the cold and caucus for them.
“Even if we did not have a poll where we have one of the one of the candidates way ahead, we always have to guard against complacency,” he said.
The severe weather conditions over the weekend forced the presidential hopefuls to either cancel events or switch to tele-town halls, creating a missed opportunity for candidates to connect in-person and deliver their closing message to undecided voters.