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Mock Caucus rocks Memorial Union at The U of I

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Hundred of University of Iowa students filled a ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union Friday night, preparing for Monday's first in the nation Iowa Caucuses.

"When I came here, I was pretty Apolitical," University of Iowa senior Luke Sampson said. "It was strange at the beginning here, with people being so open about politics."

Sampson is an out-of-state student from Wisconsin, getting ready for his first caucus next week.

Hawk the Vote, a student group at The U of I, put on Friday's Mock Caucus to educate students about the various remaining candidates, and walk them through the caucus process; both Republican and Democratic.

"We really want to bring those students in here and get them familiar with the process now. So, come Monday, they're not scared to show up to the caucuses," Kevin Drahos said, an executive board member with Hawk the Vote.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders did the best at Friday's practice-run, getting 75 students, or 4 delegates. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang were the only other two viable candidates. Less students participated in the Republican Mock Caucus, but President Donald Trump came out on top with 14 students.

You can find your caucus location here.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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