Michal Bilsland of Sheldon, Iowa, is 80 years old and said she planned to caucus for the first time Monday night. She moved to Iowa 10 years ago from Wisconsin.
"People are fed up with every politician," she said at a recent rally for Republican Donald Trump in Sioux Center. "They say things, and then they don't do it."
Bilsland was leaning toward supporting Republican Ben Carson but was seeing Trump for the first time.
Couple evaluate diferently
Bob and Charlene Nelson of Belmond, Iowa, don't see political candidates the same way.
Charlene said she looks closely at the candidates' stances on issues and their experience.
"They have to have some experience," she said. "I just can't see anybody walking in on a political position like this and not understanding the whole body of what it entails."
That's where Bob differs with his wife.
"I don't want any of those people. I want somebody that has some business sense. Everything is just so out of control," he said.
Both planned to participate in their local Republican caucus Monday night.
The Nelsons had attended a recent town hall in Glenwood featuring Ben Carson. The main reason they drove about 200 miles from Belmond, however, wasn't to see Carson.
Their granddaughter, Maeve Bittle, 17, a senior at Glenwood Community High School, sang the national anthem to open the event.
Looking for 'not a politician'
Three first-time voters were among the early arrivals at the Donald Trump rally in West Des Moines on Monday night.
All caucused for Trump and have been supporters for a few months.
Shanon Gustafson and Whitney Trembly said their precinct was at St. Boniface Church in Waukee, Iowa.
Gustafson, 25, admitted that she didn't follow politics before this year's election. Her dad is a veteran, and she said she liked Trump's support for veterans and ideas on how to balance the budget.
"It's about time that someone decided to run (who's) not a politician, not perfect," Gustafson said. "He's normal, like everyone else."
Brad Caudle, 31, of West Des Moines, also is a first-time voter and said he supported Trump.
"He seemed like a true candidate that can get things done," Caudle said.
On his final day of campaigning in Iowa, Donald Trump hit all the old favorites.
He insulted his enemies — and didn't have any of the old politician's pretense that it pained him. "He's a good debater," Trump said of his top rival here, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "But he's a bad talker."
Trump even brought up old insults, just to savor them again. "Did any phrase ever hit a human being like 'low energy' hit Jeb?" Trump said, savoring his famous takedown of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
He flirted with a kind of violent rhetoric that's unusual for a majorparty campaign. "I said, 'Get 'em out here ... Beat the hell out of him, I don't care,'" Trump said later in Cedar Rapids, recalling how he'd dealt with another protester at a rally earlier in the race.