Editor’s note: Because of early press times, results were not compiled in time for publication. Please see www.amestrib.com for complete results from Story County and the state of Iowa. As of late Monday evening, the Democratic Party had yet to release any results.

Democrats and Republicans went to their local schools, VFW Halls and churches Monday night to caucus for their choice to be the next president of the United States in the first-in-the-nation test of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Democratic hopefuls, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and businessman Andrew Yang, all were vying for a ticket out of Iowa and onto New Hampshire, where that state’s primary is scheduled for next week.

While much of the attention Monday was on the outcomes of the Democratic caucuses, all Republican eyes in Ames were on Donald Trump Jr., who stopped by the GOP caucus at City Church on Oakwood Road to rally Republicans. See the accompanying story in today’s Tribune for comments by Trump and others at the Republican caucus.

Large crowds were seen at most caucus sites, including the Storm Room at the Huxley 3C’s building, where 252 Democrats caucused, nearly double the 2016 total.

Robert and Tiffany Hauenstein came out to caucus Monday night in the safe room at the Huxley community building with the 1-year-old son Julian in tow.

Robert, 31, showed up to caucus for the first time, despite having a broken leg, wrapped in an orange cast, with several signatures, including a peace sign and the words “I LOVE YOU.”

The Hauensteins caucused for Sanders, saying they feel he’s “really passionate about what he stands for.”

“He really speaks to the issues that are important to me like health care, which is even more important right now with a broken leg, equality, climate change, all those are overarching issues that are growing out of control in our society and are better in heck in other societies,” Robert Hauenstein said.

His wife, Tiffany, agreed.

“He’s really passionate, he really cares, not that the others don’t, but the difference is he’s been fighting for what he believes in for all of his life,” she said..

Stephanie Brown, 31, of Huxley, said she’s a former Republican who caucused for Buttigieg.

“He stood out to me because first, he’s extremely eloquent. My husband and I actually came over from the Republican Party, but in 2012 we voted Independent.

“Pete is able to speak to both sides of the aisle and he’s able to see real needs that have to be addressed, like with the VA,” said Brown, who, like her husband is a veteran.

“We have so many friends who are still serving, or who have left the service, and are battling suicide. It’s one of those things that people kind of ignore, but we can’t.”

In Maxwell, with the eyes of American war veterans watching from their photos in the walls of the local American Legion, where 64 people gathered for a Democratic caucus Monday night.

With teenagers, children and other observers relegated to the building’s kitchen, caucus-goers wore name tags with some also donning a sticker, button, hat or t-shirt in support of their preferred candidate. Small posters with the candidate’s names and slogans hung at designated areas on the walls of the small building.

As 604 Ames Democrats symbolically stood in between the rows of velvet-red seats inside the multi-decked Stephens Auditorium on the Iowa State University Campus, in solidarity of their candidate - some caucus-goers said they had a tough time making their way through the second-floor registration section.

“It was pretty confusing,” said Katlyn Matthews, an Iowa State University junior, who waited in a “long” registration line at 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the caucus was to begin. “I feel like finding my precinct was hard, and then when I did, registering was harder.”

Nicholas Sagers, 20, who attended the event with his girlfriend, stood under a dim exit sign wondering which group to join.

Around 6:30 p.m., the caucus group for Sen. Bernie Sanders grew a vocal and large contingency, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden’s groups filed in the middle section.

“This is the most symbolic form of democracy,” Sagers said. “It’s kind of cool to see where people head, such as my faculty members and some of my friend. It’s a very open process.”

Renee Klaus, a former Cory Booker supporter, sat in the far right seat of the auditorium’s undecided section. But she wasn’t alone. Klaus, and four other “undecideds” formed a pool, hoping to generate viability for Tom Steyer.

“I feel Steyer is a man who has stood by what he’s been saying,” Klaus said. “We’re trying to build some viability for (Steyer), and I think we can swing some undecideds to our side.”

It was Vanessa King’s first caucus, and despite not being able to vote, she said she was excited by what she saw. The mom from New City, N.Y., was at Meeker Elementary, where 414 Democrats gathered, to support the Buttigieg campaign, handing out stickers and signs and buttons, encouraging Iowans to stand up for Mayor Pete.

King, 49, was enticed to Iowa by her daughter, a recent college graduate who has been a full-time staffer for Buttigieg. Her husband is a super-delegate.

“I liked Pete from the beginning, and I think he’s the one candidate who can really make a difference,” King said. “I even know a lot of Republicans in New York who say they would vote for Pete. He’s not caught up in the Washington pollution.”

Tribune reporters Kiley Wellendorf, Katie Mauch, David Mullen and Robbie Sequeira contributed to this story.