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Trump Keeps Iowa's 31 "Pivot" Counties

In 2016, Iowa voters flipped 31 counties from Obama blue to Trump red. This year, President Trump kept his hold on every one of these so called "pivot counties."

Joe Biden’s on the upswing in the national presidential tally. This hour, thoughts on why Iowa voters stayed with Trump.

Drake political scientist Rachel Caufield talks about the 31 pivot counties in Iowa and across the nation and what they can tell us about the mood of the electorate. Gazette columnist Adam Sullivan also talks about the latest in our election aftermath.

Later on, IPR's health reporter Natalie Krebs updates listeners on the record levels of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state and the presumed winner of Iowa House District 39, Eddie Andrews, explains why he ran for political office and the top issues on his agenda.


Adam Sullivan, columnist, The Gazette

Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University

Natalie Krebs, health reporter, IPR

Eddie Andrews, presumed winner of Iowa House District 39

Cece Mitchell, Studio One host, IPR

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River