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February 4, 2016

Is an Audit on the Way for Iowa Caucuses?

UNITED STATES - FEB 1. - Kristin Clemens, of Des Moines, celebrates as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders with a 84-83 result at precinct 47 at the State Historical Society of Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kristin Clemens, of Des Moines, celebrates as her candidate, Sen. Bernard Sanders, won Precinct 47, 84-83 on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Iowa Democrats are facing increased pressure to re-examine Monday’s incredibly close and uncomfortably messy vote, especially after the Des Moines Register called for “a complete audit of results.”

But party leaders say it may be hard to recreate what happened at hundreds of small precinct gatherings, where voters can arrive supporting one candidate and leave backing another. Full story

Tim Scott Hits South Carolina Airwaves for Marco Rubio

Just days after endorsing Sen. Marco Rubio for president, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is hitting the airwaves back home for his GOP colleague from Florida.

The ad, obtained ahead of release by Roll Call, appears to be from the same video shoot as the endorsement video, as Scott’s shown by his childhood home.

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February 3, 2016

Pat Toomey Endorses Marco Rubio for President

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

Toomey is up for re-election this year.

Updated: 5:30 p.m | Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president Wednesday during an interview on CNN.

“We face a huge national security crisis, obviously, emanating from the Middle East. There is tension all across the world,” he said. “Marco has demonstrated clear understanding. He’s done the hard work, he’s knowledgeable, thoughtful and a smart guy.”

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Rand Paul Suspends Presidential Campaign

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 18 - Rev. Robert Johnson, of Waukee, Iowa, asks a question to republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a campaign stop at Platinum Kutz barber shop in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan 18, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rev. Robert Johnson talks to Paul, R-Ky. at a campaign stop at Platinum Kutz barber shop in Des Moines ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, opting to focus instead on his on his re-election effort this year.

The announcement came two days after the libertarian-leaning senator finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses with just 4.5 percent of the vote, well behind the two other senators in the race who have gained much more traction, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.  Full story

In Iowa, Fight Over Democratic Votes Might Linger

UNITED STATES - FEB 1. - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets supporters on the rope line at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders greets supporters on the rope line at his caucus night rally at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Has the Hanging Chad become the Hung-Up App?

In 2000, the site of poll workers evaluating whether “hanging chads” from paper ballots would be counted in the Florida presidential contest became a defining metaphor for the closeness of the election of George W. Bush over Al Gore.

In Iowa, in 2016, the closeness of the Democratic presidential caucuses has been underscored by stories throughout the state that the Microsoft application that precinct chairmen used to report results was experiencing delays, prompting the state party to enlist the campaigns to help track down the tallies in 90 precincts, or roughly 5 percent of the vote. Full story

February 2, 2016

Dust Begins to Settle in Iowa With Clinton Edge

Becker, right, said “there’s probably going to be squabbles” about the missing votes. (Photo Courtesy Brent Roske)

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a tense night and early morning trying to account for missing votes in errant precincts, the Iowa Democratic Party declared Tuesday that it had received results from 100 percent of the state’s precincts and could confirm a razor-thin victory for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Late on Monday night, the party informed the campaigns of Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders that it had no results for 90 precincts across the state, which could account for as much as 5 percent of the total vote. The party asked the campaigns for help in getting a tally for those missing results. Then around noon Tuesday, central time, the Iowa Democratic party said 100 percent of precincts were reporting, sealing Clinton’s win. Full story

February 1, 2016

The Caucuses: Bringing the World to Iowa

The Iowa State Historical Museum hosts six caucuses. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The Iowa State Historical Museum hosts six caucuses. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Historic Museum went from virtually deserted at 6 p.m. Monday to teaming with about 1,000 caucus-goers by 7 p.m, all of them streaming into one of six precincts — three Democratic and three Republican — as the Hawkeye State officially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

By 7:30, Precinct 55 Democrats in the museum’s Cowles-Kruidenier Auditorium had so packed the 500-capacity venue that all observers were asked to leave. By 8:15, the chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” came out.
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Quiz: How Many Past Iowa Caucus Winners Can You Name?

A volunteer moves yard signs in Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

A volunteer moves yard signs in Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

Iowans head to their caucus sites Monday evening while the rest of the country — and world — has nothing to do but await the results. While you do that, test your knowledge of Iowa races past.

Select the person you think won Iowa on a given year and view your results at the end of the quiz. Don’t forget to share your score on Twitter so you can beat your friends.


Sources: Iowa Secretary of State and the Des Moines Register.

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Rand Paul Doubles Down on Wonky

Paul thanked volunteers and stuck to a wonky script on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Paul thanked volunteers and stuck to a wonky script on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WAUKEE, Iowa — Sen. Rand Paul has employed a close-to-the-bone strategy for the Iowa caucuses, relying on the enthusiasm of student volunteers to get out the vote and, down to the wire, going all in on wonky policy to make his case.

“You guys have made a million phone calls for me and I really appreciate it,” he told a rowdy crowd at the Hy-Vee Market Grille here Monday. Full story

Ad Politicizing Violence Against Women Law is Pulled

 

Kasich is focusing his attention on the Grantie State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich is focusing his attention on the Grantie State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An ad criticizing presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio for voting against the Violence Against Women Act will not be making it to the airwaves in New Hampshire, after the state’s GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte objected strenuously.

The ad, created by a presidential Super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich, featured Ayotte’s support for reauthorizing the law, which became contentious and political in 2012 and 2013. The Senate GOP split on the question, with Ayotte among the vocal supporters. Rubio, a Florida Republican, opposed it.

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Going Full Grassley on the Iowa Caucuses

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29 - Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks as Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, departs during a campaign stop at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kasich, left, and Grassley address a rally at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican candidates learn a lot on the trail when they’re competing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Along with the sanctity of ethanol and the primacy of pork products, they eventually grasp this is Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s state. When you run for president here, at some point, Iowa’s senior senator will appear alongside you, and everyone knows who he is.

“I didn’t know Grassley was going to show up,” said Bill Davidson, a bartender at The Supervisors Club, where the senator was introducing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Davidson sounded impressed, as if the event, being repeated over and over throughout the state in the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, had been elevated.

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January 31, 2016

Huckabee and Santorum and Coffee and Pizza

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28 - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks alongside Donald Trump and Rick Santorum at a event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Trump boycotted the Fox News Republican Presidential Debate also occurring in Des Moines at the same time. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Huckabee, right speaks alongside Trump, center, and Santorum, left, at a Trump event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The last two Republicans to win Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses have formed an odd fraternity: mired in the low-single digits in polling, marooned in the undercard debates and even finding themselves attending a campaign rally Jan. 28 for the frontrunner, Donald Trump.

On Sunday, they rallied the troops with coffee and pizza. Full story

January 28, 2016

Congressional Hopefuls Cozy Up to Iowa Caucus Circus

Mowrer is running against King. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mowrer, who’s running for the Democratic nod in the 3rd District, says he has benefited from all the presidential activity in his backyard. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As presidential candidates storm their state ahead of next week’s caucuses, Iowa’s congressional candidates are struggling to be noticed. But behind the scenes, they’re taking advantage of an energized electorate and organized political infrastructure to help build their own campaign operations.

“Normally in January, 10 months until Election Day, people are not too politically involved. Having the presidential candidates investing time and money and fielding efforts in the state — that helps a lot to get people involved,” said Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer, who’s running for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 3rd District. 

Mowrer would know. Having run for Congress in 2014 in the 4th District, he’s seen the difference between a midterm and presidential election cycle. “You can feel the difference between the level of engagement and the number of people involved,” he said. 

There are practical benefits, too. “It’s a huge boost because you don’t have to spend resources to get on the ballot,” said Travis Lowe, a Democratic consultant working for former state Rep. Pat Murphy in the 1st District and businessman Mike Sherzan in the 3rd District, both of whom are vying for the Democratic nods. “In other cycles,” Lowe said, “you have to knock on doors” to get the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot. When there’s a competitive presidential caucus, “it all happens on caucus night.” Full story

January 27, 2016

Survey: Cruz Attack on Trump Helps … Trump

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, are at the top of the GOP polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new study suggests Cruz’s attacks on Trump might not be working. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new survey suggests that a Ted Cruz ad attacking Donald Trump on his “New York values” only strengthens his appeal among blue-collar voters. Full story

January 20, 2016

What Does It Take to Bring Cruz, Rubio and Paul to D.C.?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The chance to vote for a procedural measure on a bill that would enact more stringent restrictions on Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the country drew all all three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the presidency to Washington 12 days before the Iowa caucuses. Full story

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