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Iowa Caucus 2016

Caucus Night in Keokuk

Feb 2, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

After more than a year of build-up and anticipation, Iowans finally gathered in schools, churches, and community centers Monday night to officially kick-off the Presidential voting season. They spent an hour, on average, listening to speeches about the candidates, checking a square on a ballot, and pleading with their neighbors, friends, and strangers to back their candidate.

Iowa Public Radio's Joyce Russell, Sarah Boden, Amy Mayer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination, while the Democratic race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was considered neck-and-neck early this morning.

Preview of Caucus Night 2016

Feb 1, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

If you've been following the news for the last year, you have probably heard the phrase "Iowa Caucus" at least 1,000,000 times, give or take a few. Just because you have heard the phrase, though, does not mean you are fully up-to-speed on what to expect Caucus night, until now.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

For almost a year, presidential candidates have been crisscrossing Iowa, wooing voters in a state that relies on agriculture for about one-third of its economy. But even here, most voters live in cities or suburbs and don't have a first-hand connection to the farm.

Carly Fiorina Brings Campaign to Keokuk

Jan 27, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina kicked off her town hall at Keokuk's Beef, Bread & Brew restaurant Tuesday evening by welcoming what she called the "salad bar contingent," a group of people who had to sit next to the salad bar because the room where Fiorina was speaking was full. She said that's why she is so appreciative of the people of Iowa, who have given her a chance to win the Republican nomination for President.

O'Malley, Santorum Hold Events in Burlington

Jan 26, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. But they brought similar messages to southeast Iowa this week: they need Iowa residents to prove the pundits wrong and help them shock the political world.

Sec. Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Burlington

Jan 21, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is locked in a tight race with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with the Iowa Caucus less than two weeks away. She spent Tuesday night trying to solidify support from Democrats in southeast Iowa.

Lessons of a Presidential Campaign Volunteer

Jan 20, 2016
Beth Howard

I recently moved to a farm in Southeast Iowa, where I'm surrounded by corn, cows and, now, snow. That's quite a change for a former city girl. I work from home so I don't have many opportunities to get integrated into my new community. I tell myself, you want opportunities? You create them.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said during a campaign stop in Keokuk Monday morning that he plans to "work his butt off' over the next three weeks to win the Iowa Caucus. He said winning in the Hawkeye State is not about spending dollars on advertising and holding occasional big rallies, it's about meeting face-to-face with real people and talking to them about the challenges they face everyday.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Presidential candidates continue to criss-cross the Hawkeye State ahead of the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1. Those making the rounds include U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who held a town hall meeting Monday afternoon at the Burlington Public Library after cancelling a similar event the week before due to weather.

It was not your typical Tuesday afternoon at Beef, Bread & Brew in Keokuk. The parking lot was filled, the nearby side streets were lined with vehicles, and a major cable network had a satellite truck parked outside. The restaurant was filled with more than 100 people eager to meet U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who brought his Presidential campaign to Lee County.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) arrived at the Hawkeye Restaurant in Keokuk about 45 minutes early for his town hall meeting Tuesday night. He spent part of his extra time going table to table, greeting locals as they enjoyed their dinners, just what you would expect from someone running for President to do while in Iowa.

Every four years, being a resident of the Hawkeye State comes with a little more status, a little more responsibility, thanks to the Iowa Caucuses.  On Feb. 1, 2016, Iowa residents will meet in libraries, schools and living rooms to make their choice for President. 

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Rick Santorum and Martin O'Malley are polling quite low in the 2016 Presidential campaign, trailing front-runners such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton. Despite that, they brought messages of enthusiasm and confidence to stops in Des Moines County.