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Klobuchar wins big among Iowa snowbirds who caucused in Palm Springs, Calif.

By: - February 4, 2020 1:28 pm

Given the number of Midwestern state license plates in my old Palm Springs condominium complex, it’s no surprise to hear U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won the Iowa satellite caucus in Palm Springs, Calif. 

A popular destination for snowbirds from Iowa and Minnesota, the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs lies, sees a massive influx of temporary residents, starting in January through May or so. 

The Desert Sun, my old newspaper, reported that Klobuchar had a convincing victory among Iowa snowbirds, who went to one of 87 satellite caucuses around the world. (Others were held in Paris, as well as Glasgow, Scotland, and our Minnesota Reformer’s Rilyn Eischens covered a satellite caucus in St. Paul.)

In Palm Springs, Klobuchar amassed 49 caucus-goers, placing her ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who earned 29 and 21 caucus-goers, respectively. 

Desert Sun politics reporter Sam Metz said by text message that the Iowans in Palm Springs who supported Klobuchar said they think the Midwestern senator could win and they also preferred her more moderate proposals on issues like health care. 

“It definitely wasn’t Californians, it was real Iowans at the satellite,” he said, adding that they talked about enjoying the warmer California weather to Iowa’s winter. 

Will Klobuchar’s win in Palm Springs carry on to the full state of Iowa? The Iowa Democratic Party is promising full results at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday.  

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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.