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Iowa Caucuses Pushed to February

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The United States is still more than two years away from the 2016 Presidential Election, but Iowans are already finding out what the campaign season might look like. The Democratic National Committee announced that the Iowa Caucuses will be later than normal.

Iowa will still be the first state in the nation to hold its caucuses, but theyll be on February 1st, 2016. Thats the earliest that theyve been held since 1996.

For most presidential hopefuls, the campaign trail runs right through the Hamburg Inn.

"Michele Bachmann came in, Rick Perry came in, Rick Santorum came in, said Hamburg Inn General Manager Seth Dudley.

"Considering I worked there 33 years, I like to come in when the candidates are there, I've met a number of candidates there over the years, said Iowa City Resident Gary Sanders.

Dudley says the candidates attract the people, and the people bring the money. Sometimes the green is for the candidates, but its always for the restaurants.

"It's a tremendous boom for business, said Dudley. Anytime a candidate comes, it's guaranteed to fill the restaurant up."

Dudley says increased foot traffic can boost a nights take by as much as 50%. An extra month of campaigning could mean more events, or just more time to recover between them.

"It'll hopefully give us a little more time to prepare and spread them out a little bit more, said Dudley.

For some voters, it could mean a few more chances to meet the next president, while others say it wont have much of an impact. They say with candidates all over TV and soon all over town, moving the caucuses back wont matter.

"I think that the people who are interested now will remain interested and the people who arent interested will not become interested, said Sanders.

The Hamburg Inn says it hasnt heard from any of the candidates yet to schedule events, but they are expecting to be contacted soon. They say theyre just waiting on the phone to ring.
 
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