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First-time voters prepare for Idaho Dem caucus

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Idaho Democratic Party leaders preparing for Tuesday's presidential caucuses are hoping for a repeat of 2008, when a record number of people participated. And signs suggest they might be on track. Idaho Democratic Party leaders preparing for Tuesday's presidential caucuses are hoping for a repeat of 2008, when a record number of people participated. And signs suggest they might be on track.
BOISE, Idaho -

Idaho's Democratic caucuses are open to anyone, unlike the state's closed Republican presidential primary. Some new voters are eagerly anticipating their first foray into politics at the caucus Tuesday evening.
    
Justin Pallister, a 17-year-old Meridian High School senior, is among the first-timers planning to head to the Ada County caucus. To participate, attendees must sign an affidavit saying they will be eligible to vote in the November general election and that they didn't already vote in the Republican primary held earlier this month.
    
Caucus-goers can pick between four options - Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Rocky De La Fuente or uncommitted.
    
Pallister says he and 10 friends are rooting for De La Fuente, in part because they don't expect him to win. Pallister says he also likes Bernie Sanders stance on equality issues.
    
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Idaho Democratic Party leaders preparing for Tuesday's presidential caucuses are hoping for a repeat of 2008, when a record number of people participated. And signs suggest they might be on track.
    
Four of the state's most populated counties have had to make last-minute changes to accommodate the large crowds expected this evening.
    
State party spokesman Dean Ferguson says that's the kind of challenge the party likes to deal with.
    
The caucuses are open to anyone who is eligible to vote in the November general election and who didn't cast a ballot in this month's Republican primary. Caucus-goers will decide among four options: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, California businessman Rocky De La Fuente and uncommitted.
    
Idaho will send 27 delegates to the national nominating convention.
    
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated why new voter Justin Pallister is supporting Rocky De La Fuente in the Idaho Democratic Caucus. Pallister likes rooting for De La Fuente because he's an underdog that Pallister doesn't expect to win.

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