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Huge crowds in Spokane for Dem caucuses

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The crowd inside Ferris High School Saturday. The crowd inside Ferris High School Saturday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It was a busy Saturday morning at the Washington Democratic caucuses.

Ferris High School was the largest site in Eastern Washington, with nearly 2,000 people showing up. The turnout is something that old and young voters say they were surprised by.

Alana Taylor is 69 years old. She's been voting for decades and says she's never seen a caucus like this

“The line doesn't quit. They just keep coming and coming and coming. It is so good,” she says.

She says there's one thing very different this year from most others.

“I'm so impressed. I have never seen this many young people come out for anything before,” she says.

Madison Mueler and Emonn Neff are some of those young people. They say they expected more young people based on what they’ve seen on Facebook.

“This is our first caucus so maybe this is more young people than there normally are,” says Emonn Neff about Taylor’s comment.

It's their first year voting in a presidential election too.

“I think it probably has a lot to do with the role that social media has played in this election with how popular Bernie sanders is on social media and just how many people are talking about the election whether they're talking about Bernie or not,” Mueler says.

They say participation is key.

“I think it's really important no matter your age, if you're educated enough on who's voting, to go out there and put your vote out there,” Mueler says.

Taylor agrees.

“That’s what it's all about – the young people,” Taylor says.

For the results of the caucus: http://www.wa-democrats.org/caucus-results

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