While northwest Iowa may not be the most populated part of Iowa it seems to be just as important to the Presidential hopefuls. Several candidates have visited that area of the state over the past few months and residents in Northwest Iowa say it helps them get a good look at who they will be voting for Thursday.
For three Rock Rapids men having their afternoon coffee at the Sunshine Foods Deli is a routine.
Rock Rapids resident Al TeSlaa says, "Most every Republican candidate has been through here."
But another routine has been the Presidential candidates that have visited their small town recently.
TeSlaa says, "Romney was here last week, Giuliani was here a couple of weeks ago."
Presidential candidates have been campaigning just as much in this rural part of Iowa as they have in other parts of the state, including phone campaigns.
Rock Rapids resident Hynie Hommes says, "There's been a lot of them. Like this morning we had three or four different phone calls just urging to got to caucuses and stuff like that, all the candidates."
And these men say the opportunity to see the those running for President up close will help them make their decisions about who they support.
Hommes says, "You get to know their background a little better and stuff like that."
TeSlaa says, "It does help but I still haven't made my decision and I will be going to the caucus tomorrow night."
Because with at least four candidates looking for the Presidential nomination in both parties, having the candidates visiting Rock Rapids is a routine these men don't mind.
TeSlaa says, "We might have a higher turnout because of the candidates coming through here."
Republican candidate John McCain will actually make a campaign stop in Rock Rapids, Iowa Thursday morning on the day of the caucus. He'll be joined on that stop by South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune.