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Bernie Sanders says record voter turnout will propel him to a caucus night victory

Sen. Bernie Sanders in his final pitch to Iowa Democrats on Saturday emphasized turnout on caucus night, declaring that without high voter participation, he will lose.
Sanders spoke to a crowd at Simpson College in Indianola, arguing that this election is consequential. He underlined Iowa's important place in the process, as Democrats here will get the first say in the presidential nominating contest Monday.
"That is all that is at stake: nothing less than the future of this country, maybe the future of the world. Other than that, not a very important election," Sanders quipped.
Sanders has risen in Iowa in recent weeks and is a front-runner, according to recent polling. But the race is fluid and competitive: he and Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are bunched closely together, leaving the race far from settled. Sanders said Saturday that high caucus turnout will be critical to maintaining his momentum.
"If the voter turnout is low, we are going to lose," Sanders said. "If people across this state are prepared to come out, not just to defeat Trump but to transform this country. If working people and young people and all people who believe in justice—if they come out in large numbers, we're going to win this caucus."
"Let us see on Monday night, in this consequential year in American history, let us see Iowa have the largest caucus turnout in the history of this great state," Sanders said before wrapping up his speech.
The Iowa Democratic Party is gearing up for what they expect to be a record-breaking year, working diligently to mitigate any logistical issues at caucus locations. His staff and volunteers will have knocked 500,000 doors in Iowa by February 3, which Sanders says underpins the success of his campaign.
“I think we are the strongest campaign to defeat Trump because we are developing the strongest grass roots movement in this campaign," Sanders said Saturday.
His organization on the ground has been critical to Sanders and the other senators running for president in the last two weeks, the impeachment trial of President Trump keeping them away campaign trail and stuck in Washington.
Sanders' campaign, and those of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, dispatched surrogates to speak on the candidates' behalf.
But his supporters say his absence in Iowa in these final days before the caucuses doesn't set him back.
"He’s got people who can come out here to Iowa to speak on his behalf, who know him, who want to see him succeed and feel like they can portray accurately enough," said Qynne Kelly, 32, from Des Moines, who said she is committed to caucusing for Sanders. " I think he feels confident enough that he can have those folks out here doing that work and still win.”
Central to Sanders' message is that his campaign is fueling a "political revolution" built from the ground up by working class Americans. And it resonates—voters backing his bid for president argue it is precisely why his campaign won't suffer because of impeachment.
"I think people on his behalf are doing the work because the work is revolving around the movement and not just one person," said Z-shan Bhaidani, 28, who lives in Des Moines.

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