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March 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Sammamish caucus scrambles to handle big crowd

A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Discovery Elementary School cafeteria in Sammamish this morning, a turnout that had organizers scrambling to bring in more chairs and move some precincts to the gymnasium.

“They’re lined up clear onto the sidewalk – wow!” said Nadine Gulit, a precinct committee officer in Issaquah.

The caucus at Discovery Elementary in Sammamish, WA, listens to directions Saturday morning, March 3, 2012. Photo by Mike Siegel/ The Seattle Times

Jeff McMorris, a caucus organizer, said turnout appeared to be “at least double” numbers in the 2008 presidential caucus.

McMorris called his wife by cellphone 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 a.m. start time to tell her the school parking lot was completely filled and urge her, “Get on your way as fast as you can.”

When proceedings began, caucus chair David Irons said, “Our only problem is there are too many people who care about democracy this morning.”

Supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney appeared to be numerous among the early arrivals, and two Paul yard signs were planted at the entrance to the school parking lot.

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