As some of the Democratic candidates met with their supporters in Iowa Monday morning- while others were stuck in Washington for President Trump's impeachment trial,
Iowans at Drake Diner in Des Moines talked about who they're planning to support in monday's caucuses, the first nominating contest in 2020 and it appears the field is wide open.
(SOUNDBITE) KARA VAUGHN, 34, WORKS AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY, LIVES IN URBANDALE, IOWA, SAYING:
"I like a lot of the candidates. I think we have a really diverse profile this time, but I'm caucusing for Elizabeth Warren, because she has really thorough plans for everything and that makes me feel really like she's thought about this, it's not just something she's doing, not because it's fun exactly, but that she has thought it through."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEIDI WEISS, 47, WORKS AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY, LIVES IN ANKENY, IOWA, SAYING:
"Pete Buttigieg, because I think he can really bring people together. He's a peacemaker, he doesn't come with a lot of baggage. I think he's a perfect choice."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID MAHNKE, 28, STUDENT AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY, LIVES IN DES MOINES, IOWA, SAYING:
"I think I'm going to caucus for Yang because I believe in voting for the younger candidate. I believe in getting our generation in politics, no matter what side you vote for and the older generation has done great, I mean, they've certainly made their impact, but it's time to get our generation in there, regardless of Republican or Democrat, in my opinion."
On Monday night at more than 1600 schools, community centers and other public locations across the state, Iowa Democrats will gather to rally around a candidate from a field of 11 Democratic contenders led by front-runners Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden..
It will be the first test for the candidates - and could very likely be the beginning of a bruising nominating process as voters decide who they think would be the best challenger to beat Donald Trump.