Major Party Candidates Have Made Their Final Pitch to Iowa

Nov 7, 2016

The major presidential nominees have made their final pitch to Iowa ahead of Election Day.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have had very different approaches to this swing state. 

“You talked to me about the skyrocketing cost of college and prescription drugs. The quiet epidemic of addiction and mental health issues, the challenge of balancing work and family,” Clinton said at her final Iowa rally held at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in late October.

“That and so many other conversations have shaped this campaign,” Clinton said referencing her early ‘listening sessions’ she in various parts of the state.

Clinton came in third in the Iowa caucuses back in 2008 and barley won the 2016 Iowa caucuses against Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump, meanwhile, came in second to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the GOP caucuses. On Sunday, Trump was back in Sioux City feeling confident about the state.

“We weren’t going to come back to Iowa. They said, 'Mr. Trump you don’t have to, you’re leading by so much you don’t have to,'” Trump told the crowd. “I said what do you mean I don’t have to I want to go to Iowa, which is true.”

Part of that confidence comes from the support he’s received from the state’s top Republicans. In Sioux City, Trump invited Senator Joni Ernst, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Congressman Steve King onto stage, as well as Governor Terry Branstad, whom he had high praise for.

The final Iowa Poll published by The Des Moines Register this weekend shows Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by 7 points. She has no other Iowa stops scheduled before Election Day.