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Kamala Harris, Iowa Democrats emphasize importance of 2020 election during Liberty and Justice Celebration

Candidate for Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris (D) speaks during the 2020 IDP Liberty and Justice Celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Harris has served as a United States Senator for California since 2017. The live-streamed video was produced by the Iowa democratic party. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 18, 2020

U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Iowa Democrats running for office spoke on the importance of flipping state and federal seats in what some of them called the most important election of their lifetime during the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Liberty and Justice Celebration Sunda...

Iowa voters say they’re voting for Trump because of his ‘American standard of living’

The crowd is seen during a Trump campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Thousands of people showed up to hear President Donald Trump speak about his campaign and support Iowa republicans for the upcoming election.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 15, 2020

Several thousand Iowans filled a tarmac at the Des Moines International airport Wednesday night to greet President Trump, and many said they plan to vote for Trump on Nov. 3, despite his rhetoric many consider to be racist.   Many people The Daily Iowan spoke to said that while they don’t part...

Coronavirus concerns low at Trump’s Des Moines rally

Attendees hold signs on the bleachers during a Trump campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Thousands of people showed up to hear President Donald Trump speak about his campaign and support Iowa republicans for the upcoming election.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 15, 2020

The risk of coronavirus spread was not a chief concern of Trump supporters at the president’s rally in Des Moines Wednesday, which has drawn criticism from political opponents and public-health experts for lax safety precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. “We know the risks, and we exercise our right to...

The Electoral College explained

Illustration by Elijah Helton

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 6, 2020

When voters head to the polls on Election Day or send in their absentee ballots, they will actually be voting for a slate of electors bound to their party’s ticket. The Electoral College is a complicated system established by the Constitution tasked with formally electing the president and v...

Iowa political leaders question the productivity of the first presidential debate

New York resident Callum Melrose watches the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29 at The Airliner in Iowa City. Melrose stopped in Iowa City on his way to Oregon, where he will work for Habitat for Humanity, and went to The Airliner for the debate on a recommendation from a friend who graduated from the University of Iowa.  (Jake Maish/The Daily Iown)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 30, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participated in the first presidential debate Tuesday night, and some Iowa political leaders say the fiery exchange was unproductive and likely won’t change the minds of many voters. The debate, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wal...

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General speaks at Cedar Rapids Trump campaign event

Former Attorney General Matt Whitaker addresses the small crowd at a Trump campaign event at the Cedar Rapids Victory Office on Thursday. Members of President Trump's re-election campaign held a rally which was a stop on a larger bus tour. (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 10, 2020

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker and members of President Trump’s campaign team stopped in Cedar Rapids Thursday morning on supporting police, engaging campaign volunteers, and absentee-voting security. Whitaker, a Hawkeye football and University of Iowa law school alum, spoke on the rece...

Dozens of boats take to Coralville Reservoir for pro-Trump parade

A group of boats decorated in Donald Trump paraphernalia pass under a bridge on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. For Labor day, a group of local Trump supporters decided to drive their boats around Coralville Lake to celebrate and to show support for President Trump. (Tate Hildyard/ The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 7, 2020

More than 100 boats filled the Coralville Reservoir Monday afternoon for a Trump-themed boat parade, flying Trump 2020 flags alongside American flags as they made their way down the Iowa River. Boaters took off from the Coralville Lake Marina on the south end of the route and the Scales Bend ...

President Trump champions USMCA trade deal in RNC speech

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Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

August 27, 2020

President Trump officially accepted the re-nomination as the Republican candidate for president on Thursday and referenced the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement more than once— something he touted in Iowa ahead of the caucuses. “Right now auto companies and others are building their plants and f...

Joni Ernst praises Trump as an advocate for Iowa farmers in RNC speech

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Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

August 26, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, made a case for President Trump at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night for being an advocate to Iowa farmers, and painted a bleak picture of what the agricultural industry could look like under a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration. Ernst, who is in...

So what was the point of the caucuses anyway?

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden speak during the watch party for Former Vice President Joe Biden at the Olmstead Center at Drake University on Monday, February 3, 2020. Hundreds of people attended the event to hear Biden speak on the results of the caucus.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

August 26, 2020

Joe Biden became the Democratic party’s nominee for president last week, wrapping up a process of more than a year of campaigning that began with more than two dozen presidential hopefuls flooding into Iowa. But Biden’s performance in the Iowa caucuses was underwhelming, and pundits were ...

Eric Branstad holds “Make Campus Great Again” event for Trump campaign at Sports Column

Eric Barnstad speaks about his political experience at Sports Column in Iowa City on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

August 26, 2020

Eric Branstad, senior advisor to the Trump campaign in Iowa, said he’s confident the president has the support to win a second term in Iowa, despite polling showing a Iowa as a hotly contested battleground state. The Trump campaign held a “Make Campus Great Again” event at Sports Column o...

Iowa delegates see out presidential nominating process at national party conventions

Iowa delegates see out presidential nominating process at national party conventions

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

August 25, 2020

Iowa delegates saw out the presidential nominating process at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions after a tumultuous Iowa caucus season, trying to energize their respective parties through computer screens across the country in lieu of a physical convention. The ongoing coron...