2020 Elections

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Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst weighed in on a bill that passed in the GOP-led Iowa state Senate that would prevent Iowa’s secretary of state from sending applications for mail-in ballots to all registered voters. Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate did that for the primary election earlier this month to encourage Iowans to vote from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa had a record turnout.

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Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra won the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, beating nine-term incumbent Congressman Steve King in a five-way primary. He’ll face Democrat J.D. Scholten in November. Scholten ran a close race against King in 2018.

Feenstra took about 46 percent of the primary vote to King’s 36. Jeremy Taylor, Bret Richards and Steve Reeder, the other three GOP challengers, split about 18 percent.

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Democratic and Republican voters will make decisions in primary elections across the state today. The two major state political parties held precinct caucuses in February to determine their presidential candidate preferences. Polls are open from 8 a.m.  to 9 p.m. 

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A local political analyst predicts the GOP primary race in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District is likely to be lopsided. Two candidates are hoping to face Democrat Rep. Abby Finkenauer in November.

Small businessman and cattle rancher Thomas Hansen said he’s been interested in politics for decades.

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The congressional district thought to be Iowa’s most reliably Democratic is seeing its largest Republican primary field in years. That’s after longtime Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced his retirement from the 2nd District. Ahead of the June 2 primary, candidates are sparring over conservative credentials as they vie for the open seat in southeast Iowa.

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The four Democrats running to face Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst debated for the first time Monday night. The November race is looking to be both competitive and expensive. Sen. Ernst hopes to get a second term representing Iowa, and Democrats see the seat as a possible pickup in November as they try to take the majority in the Senate.

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Iowa has a primary election on June 2, and Iowa Public Radio is featuring profiles of the Democrats who are running to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in November.

This week, IPR has featured profiles of the four Democrats running. UNI Political Science Professor Chris Larimer says the winner of the race will have to run a very expensive campaign and the race is looking more competitive than it had earlier this year.

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Iowa has a primary election on June 2, and Iowa Public Radio is featuring profiles of the Democrats who are running to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in November.

Real Estate Executive Theresa Greenfield is one of the four candidates seeking her party’s nomination. Greenfield ran in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race in 2018 but dropped out after she found out that one of her campaign staffers falsified signatures on her nominating petition.

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Iowa has a primary election on June 2, and Iowa Public Radio is featuring profiles of the Democrats who are running to take on Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in November.

Eddie Mauro is a businessman and former coach and teacher who lives in Des Moines. Mauro ran unsuccessfully in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race in 2018 but lost to now-Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

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Iowa has a primary election on June 2, and Iowa Public Radio is featuring profiles of the Democrats who are running to take on Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in November.

Kimberly Graham is an attorney for kids of participants in Family Treatment Court. This is the first time she's run for office. 

 

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Iowa has a primary election on June 2, and Iowa Public Radio is featuring profiles of the Democrats who are running to take on Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in November. 

Mike Franken is a former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.  The Sioux Center native now lives in Sioux City, and is making his first run for political office.  

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A primary election on June 2 will determine who runs against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst for one of Iowa's U.S. Senate seats. There are also primaries in each of Iowa's four congressional districts, as well as in many state legislative districts.

 

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Secretary of State Paul Pate has made adjustments to this year’s voting process. 

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Early voting begins Thursday for Iowa’s June 2 primary election. Election officials are encouraging Iowans to vote from home to reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office is mailing about 2 million absentee ballot request forms to active registered voters.

Troy Price, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses reporters in Des Moines to explain the delay in releasing the initial results of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.
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Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price has announced he will resign from his post. The announcement Wednesday comes in the wake of a historic caucus night fiasco, in which the party’s results reporting system was hamstrung by a series of critical failures. Results in the first-in-nation contest were delayed for days, and were riddled with errors when they were ultimately released, renewing calls for the state to lose its privileged status in the presidential nominating contest.

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On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with political analysts Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics at Cornell College and Kendron Barwell, chair and professor of political science at Simpson College, about Iowa’s future in the nominating process after messy caucus results. They also discuss how Iowa's caucuses shaped the New Hampshire primary, as well as other political headlines of the week.

 

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There are still no official results out of the Iowa Democratic caucuses as of Tuesday, even as New Hampshire voters go to the polls for that state’s first-in-the-nation primary. Even without finalized results, presidential campaigns and politicos are turning their attention away from Iowa. 

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Persistent errors and inconsistencies in the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus night precinct results are raising questions about the overall accuracy of the first-in-the-nation contest and preventing the Associated Press from declaring a winner, a week after Iowans first pledged their support for their candidates on Feb. 3. 

Caucus Meltdown

Feb 6, 2020

The 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses devolved into chaos when the system for reporting results failed. Technical issues, human error and reporting inaccuracies delayed the outcome for days, and the repercussions are still playing out. On the twentieth episode of Caucus Land, we take a look at the app that broke the caucuses and how Iowa Democrats are responding.


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River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts about the likely impact of the Iowa Democratic Party's delay in reporting results of the Iowa caucuses Monday night. Sara Mitchell, F Wendell Miller Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, professor of political science at Grinnell College agreed the delay was a black eye for Iowa and damaging to its first-in-the-nation status.

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Democrats were hoping for — and expecting — a high turnout for Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The delayed results and app reporting failure have overshadowed the fact that turnout appears to be on pace with 2016 rather than 2008’s record, according to the state party.

Troy Price, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses reporters in Des Moines to explain the delay in releasing the initial results of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.
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Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price apologized Tuesday afternoon for technical problems that caused a long delay in reporting the first results from the Iowa caucus.

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The Iowa Democratic Party launched a new caucus night reporting app this cycle, hoping it would make the process easier, faster and less prone to human error. But the app ended up doing just the opposite. Combined with an overwhelmed backup reporting system, results out of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses were delayed for hours. The IDP released the first set of results at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but did not specify when the full tally could be complete.

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The head of the Iowa Democratic Party says the party is manually verifying the results of Monday night’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. 

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The Iowa Democratic Party has released 100% of the results of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. 

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Thursday evening just before 5:30 p.m. the Associated Press announced they are unable to declare a winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. A few hours later, after a three-day delay, the Iowa Democratic Party released final results showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a near tie. 

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According to the Associated Press, President Trump has won Iowa's Republican caucuses.

He did not face a serious threat in the state where former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh were challenging the president. 

His reelection campaign lambasted the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus result delays, saying problems in tabulating results showed that its opponents are not fit to lead.

“Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation with the sloppiest train wreck in history,” Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement. “It would be natural for people to doubt the fairness of the process. And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system?”

The Iowa Democratic Party is blaming delays on “inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results." 

Parscale noted that the Republican Iowa caucus ran smoothly.

What started as the largest and most diverse crop of Democratic presidential candidates in history has been cut down substantially ahead of the February 3rd Iowa caucuses. But it’s not just Iowa that’s winnowed the field. On the nineteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll talk about how we got here and what it could mean for the future of the Iowa caucuses.


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River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Tom Steyer. During this conversation, Steyer addresses his top policy priorities, which include declaring a climate emergency. Steyer also reflects on how his previous experience in business would help him conduct foreign policy and why he started the "need to impeach" movement in 2017.   

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Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has won the endorsement of the Des Moines Register’s editorial board, a little over a week away from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. The recognition from the state’s largest newspaper is major win in a crowded race, and sends a strong message to likely caucusgoers, many of whom remain undecided.

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River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren just 10 days ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Kieffer spoke with Warren Friday morning before she returned to the U.S. Senate chamber to continue impeachment trial proceedings.

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