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Minnesotans transition from caucus to primary, debate if Iowa should still go first

One voter participates in the Minnesota Democratic Primary at the Minneapolis Central Library polling center on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — This year’s Iowa caucuses didn’t go well, Minnesota voters The Daily Iowan interviewed largely concluded. The Super Tuesday state transitioned from a caucus to a primary this year, and after Iowa’s three-week razor-thin result saga, some Minnesota voters expressed relief that th...

Bernie Sanders wins in Vermont, loses momentum in swing states on Super Tuesday

Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. walks on stage during a rally in Essex Junction, Vermont on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

March 4, 2020

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Working off of momentum from early-voting states, including Iowa, Bernie Sanders won a majority of delegates in his home state of Vermont on Tuesday, pulling in 51 percent of the vote. “I want to once again thank the great state of Vermont and all of the people in this state...

Joe Biden wins Minnesota primary after endorsement by home-state Senator Amy Klobuchar

Voters line up outside the polling location at Westminster Presbyterian Church for the Democratic Primaries in Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020.

Katie Ann McCarver, News Editor

March 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Minnesota Democratic primary election on Super Tuesday, just a day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., dropped out of the race and endorsed him. Biden won 38.4 percent of the vote in Minnesota with 85 percent precincts reporting by press time, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. won 30.2 percent ...

Voices from Burlington: Locals in Sanders’ liberal stronghold prepare for Super Tuesday

(From left) Dominic Barone and Max Crystal pose for a portrait in Kru Coffee in Burlington, Vermont on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

March 3, 2020

BURLINGTON, Vt. — If you spend enough time in Burlington, you’re likely to run into Bernie Sanders. Running into Sanders is a common occurrence in the city of just over 42,000 people, said Chris Caswell, who lives in Burlington and plans to vote for Sanders. Caswell met him in 2016 en route to...

Iowa City engineer Newman Abuissa ends Congressional campaign, endorses Rita Hart

Newman Abuissa, a Syrian-American, talks about the Syrian peoples experience at the UICHR Syria Panel in the University Capitol Centre on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. (The Daily Iowan/Emily Burds)

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 3, 2020

Newman Abuissa ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for a seat representing Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. In an emailed release Monday, the 25-year transportation engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation wrote that he'd be throwing his support behind Rita Hart, a former...

Klobuchar ends Presidential bid, will endorse Biden

Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks during the first annual Finkenauer fish fry at Hawkeye Downs on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer hosted eight presidential candidates for a fish fry focused on jobs and infrastructure.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 2, 2020

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar suspended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, failing to keep the momentum from beating polling expectations in Iowa and New Hampshire.  Klobuchar will endorse fellow moderate candidate Joe Biden at a rally in Dallas, Texas Monday night,...

Iowa Democratic Party corrects 29 precinct results after recanvass

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Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

February 19, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party announced the correction of 29 precinct caucus results after a recanvass that concluded Tuesday, the party said in a press release. Twenty-six results were changed because the precinct didn’t properly apply the rules of the delegate selection plan, and three precincts were ...

Pressures abroad: Hong Kong and University of Iowa communities intersect

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Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

February 18, 2020

One University of Iowa student would've been among the 400 arrested at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on Jan. 1 had they chosen to stay at a pro-democracy protest just 15 minutes longer. “I feel relieved, but I don’t feel happy,” the student said after returning to Iowa City. The Daily Iowan chos...

Iowa Democratic Party announces state Rep. Mark Smith as new leader


Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

February 15, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party announced a new leader on Saturday, after a week of delayed results riddled with inconsistencies drew ire from national party members and campaigns. State Rep. Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, was elected as the new chair by a majority vote of the Iowa party's state central c...

Sen. Chuck Grassley talks prescription drug prices in Coralville

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) speaks about lowering prescription drug prices during the Corridor Business Journal Health Care Summit at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Feb. 14.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 14, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley pushed his plan to lower prescription drug prices to health-care professionals in Coralville on Feb. 14, saying he expects the bipartisan bill to pass by May 20.  Speaking at the Corridor Business Journal Healthcare Summit, Grassley promoted his bipartisan bill, the Prescription Drug P...

By the numbers: The figures that defined the Iowa caucuses

University of Iowa students caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 12, 2020

Before absent results from the Iowa caucuses caught national attention, candidates traveled across the state, racked up hundreds of campaign stops, and shoveled millions of dollars into local advertising. The Daily Iowan looked back at the numbers that defined the race for candidates in the lead up...

Iowa Democratic Party approves recanvass requests

University of Iowa students form lines during the caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

February 12, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party approved the full recanvass requests from the Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns, according to a press release on Wednesday. The recanvass is expected to begin Feb. 16 On Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party announced that it had received requests fr...