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Youngsters, get within the automotive. We’re taking a street journey to the caucuses.

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Suri Botuck was keen to listen to Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida ship his closing pitch to Iowans on Sunday in Cedar Rapids — however she didn’t caucus for him on Monday night time. Neither is she even from Iowa.

Ms. Botuck, 40, and her husband, Jacob Botuck, 42, hail from St. Louis, about 250 miles to the south. With 5 of their six kids in tow, they piled into the household’s 2009 Toyota Sienna at first gentle on Sunday morning to take part in what she known as “caucus tourism,” a practice her household started throughout the Democratic main race 4 years in the past.

In 2020, the household attended occasions for Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg and Donald J. Trump. Each cease was meticulously documented in a photograph ebook she brings on their travels.

Why, precisely, do the Botucks journey to date — with a big household in tow — to see a number of stump speeches?

Ms. Botuck stated she considered the journeys as extra than simply household outings. They’re an opportunity to have interaction with the political course of up shut. “My hope is that my youngsters will know they all the time must vote,” she stated.

This 12 months, the Botucks have been joined by Ms. Botuck’s sister, Rivka Friedman, 34, her husband and her 5 kids.

“As a lot as politics could be enjoyable, it’s additionally necessary to us as a result of this stuff affect all the pieces,” Ms. Botuck stated, including that she discovered the marketing campaign occasions in Iowa to be “actually household pleasant.”

On Monday morning, the Botucks drove two hours to see Nikki Haley, the previous governor of South Carolina, and Vivek Ramaswamy, the rich entrepreneur, who dropped out of the race later that night following Trump’s decisive victory.

Ms. Botuck stated she had voted for Mr. Trump within the final go-round. “I like my low taxes, I like my peace in Israel, I like my college alternative,” she stated.

Her husband, whom she described as “extra of a libertarian,” forged a symbolic write-in vote for the American economist and statistician Milton Friedman, who died almost 20 years in the past.

Whereas Ms. Botuck hasn’t determined whom she’s going to vote for in Missouri’s main, she stated Mr. DeSantis was a powerful contender. The Florida governor, she stated, “has an excellent backbone and doesn’t care what individuals assume.”

She additionally stated she favored the prospect of Mr. DeSantis as Mr. Trump’s working mate, one thing the governor has dominated out. “I’d like to see a joint ticket,” she stated.

After Trump’s first-place end, the Botucks have been headed to the DeSantis get together. When requested in regards to the former president’s win, Ms. Botuck stated of the DeSantis marketing campaign, “I’m certain they actually have been ready for that.”