Most businesses across Iowa experience a slower period in late January, but every four years they see a spike due to campaign staff, surrogates and reporters pouring in ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Estimates suggest that over $11 million will be spent in Des Moines in the week leading up to what one small business owner called “the dork Olympics.” The number of people flying through Des Moines jumped 7% in December compared to the same month in 2018, and CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe learned how seasoned shop owners handle the influx. “It’s hard to determine exactly when the best time to come to Iowa is, but it’s not late January, which means the caucus is this enormous surge,” said Mike Draper, whose three Raygun t-shirt shops have become a must-stop destinations for Democratic candidates. He said his January sales will see a 25% spike from the same time last year. Draper recalled one recent visit from Bernie Sanders. “He got a picture taken with his ‘I wrote the damn bill’ shirt. He was like, ‘You selling t-shirts?’ I said, ‘Yeah, we’re selling kind of a lot of them.’ He’s like, ‘But how many?’ I was like, ‘Woah, Bernie,… Read full this story
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