In 2016, according to his analysis, it took support from 122 people to win one delegate in the average county.
But in several rural counties, candidates could win a delegate with support from fewer than half as many people.
State party officials and many Iowa Democratic operatives defend the rules, saying they compel candidates to compete in all parts of the state—which they insist is good training for the general election.
“I guarantee you the candidates coming out of here will be able to talk to folks in the upper Midwest,” said Troy Price, the state Democratic Party chairman.
A big turnout on Monday will almost certainly underscore how thoroughly the Democratic center of gravity in Iowa has shifted toward the state’s largest population centers.

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