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Iowa Caucus

Presidential candidates have been fanning out across Iowa for months ahead of the 2020 election, creating an opportunity for voters to get agricultural issues on the national agenda. 

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Pete Buttigieg drew some laughter Wednesday afternoon from the crowd of about 200 people waiting for him along Keokuk’s riverfront when he blamed his late arrival on his vehicle sitting on a swing-span bridge -- waiting for a barge to pass. The laughter quickly morphed into applause and cheers as the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana focused on his plans if elected President in 2020.

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) focused on health care during a campaign stop in downtown Burlington Monday morning. She touted her “Medicare For All” plan, telling the crowd of about 100 people that health care is a right in the United States, not a privilege.

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It was apparent Wednesday afternoon that former Vice President Joe Biden's planned campaign stop in southeast Iowa was going to be more than just a typical meet & greet or a question/answer session. The Teleprompters, large podium, and bright camera lights pointed toward a major speech, which Biden delivered, taking direct aim at the words and actions of President Donald Trump.

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Democratic Governor Steve Bullock of Montana touted his rural roots and executive experience during a campaign stop at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery in downtown Burlington. Bullock is one of about two-dozen Democrats seeking the party's nomination for U.S. President.

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Julian Castro used a stop in Keokuk this week to promote his plan for reforming the criminal justice system. The former Mayor of San Antonio and former HUD Secretary is one of roughly two dozen Democrats seeking their party's nomination for President.

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Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) asked State Rep. Jeff Kurtz (D-Fort Madison) to stretch out his introduction during a recent campaign stop in Fort Madison so Ryan could take a couple of bites of his sandwich at Sub-Arena Sandwich Shop. Once he was ready, Ryan told the crowd of about 15 people why he believes his Midwestern roots prepare him to be the next President of the United States.

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) spent about 45 minutes at Sub-Arena Sandwich Shop in Fort Madison as part of a campaign swing through southeast Iowa. She shook some hands, signed some autographs, and laid out her case to be the next President of the United States.

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Beto O'Rourke told a standing room only crowd at the Lost Canvas Coffee Shop in Keokuk Thursday morning that he will never forget his first visit to the city. That's because Keokuk was the backdrop for the former Texas congressman's first campaign stop in his bid to be the President of the United States of America.

Truth and justice were the themes for Kamala Harris during a campaign stop in Bettendorf . On Sunday afternoon a crowd of about 800 turned out to hear one of the many democrats competing for next year's presidential nomination.

Iowa Democrats Propose "Virtual Caucuses"

Feb 13, 2019
Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio

The first major changes to the Iowa Democratic caucuses were proposed Monday. Iowans who take part in the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating process would be able to do so virtually if the proposal is approved by a central party committee and the Democratic National Committee.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Tyler McGhghy

Sparse crowds did not stop the Democratic process from happening in Keokuk Tuesday night.

The Iowa GOP has released the certified results from the January 3rd Caucus.

They show the race between former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was too close to call.

Romney was leading by nearly 10 votes on caucus night, but Santorum is now ahead by about 35 votes.

There will be no official winner, though, because the final vote totals were not available for eight precincts in Iowa, including four in Lee County.