So, naturally the can-do-little-right Democratic Party establishment is desperate to stop Sanders in rural Iowa.
From the Associated Press:
[S]simmering tensions within the Democratic Party are apparent. Establishment officials are struggling to mask their concern about Bernie Sanders’ strength with polls showing the self-described democratic socialist running strong in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
Anecdotal reports from Iowa shows the Sanders field operation finding significant support in the field one week out from the Feb 3 caucuses.
The number of "Commit to Caucus cards" field reps are filling out with Iowa folks shows caucus voters want an authentic, candid contact that Bernie Sanders delivers.
Combined with the field operation's sheer numbers, Sanders seems to be finding casual-voter support ripe for whichever campaign has the best-organized and best-staffed field operations.
It's no good to run up contact numbers, we need good contacts to win, appears an ethic of many Sanders field operatives. It better be.
"Convincing Iowans to support a candidate requires a field organizer to forge genuine relationships; the caucus process takes hours and is conducted in full public view, so voters need to believe in a campaign to subject themselves to it," notes 538.
Many Iowans make up their mind in the last 10 days, notes Dan Guild at Bleeding Heartland.
The question remains: In the sprint to the Iowa Caucuses, can the Democratic Party stop caucus voters from casting their preferences?