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Looking for votes in Sioux Center

Coffee shop of popular bakery pulls in Sen. McCain

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – A popular local bakery with coffee shop seating recently served as a venue in the long and grueling campaign for the U.S. presidency when Senator John McCain, candidate for the Republication nomination, stopped by looking for support. He is the second presidential hopeful to stop by the bakery. Casey’s Bakery which also sells a line of Dutch imports, was packed with its regulars, with interested voters and McCain supporters.

The Sioux County town which was founded by Dutch migrants in the 1890s is known for its strong participation in American politics, much like nearby Orange City and distant and decades older Pella. All three communities are must visit destinations for serious presidential candidates, certainly for those of the Republican Party.

The appearance by McCain at Casey's apparently helped his cause, coming in second in Sioux County, while fellow contestant Mitt Romney placed second in Iowa’s overall caucus primary. Iowa’s Republican winner in Sioux Center had over half of all his party's votes.

Casey's Bakery expanded and upgraded it premises earlier last year.