Eastern Iowa is known for its small towns and industrial riverfront cities which is surrounded by farmland and voters who voted for Donald Trump and Obama.
In the upcoming election, we look at those who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and those who voted Democrat. Those who voted for President Trump are as outspoken as those who did not.
Iowa could again be a key factor in this election because of the counties along the Mississippi River with its industries. This also goes with the counties across the Midwest.
One voter, 48-year-old Tammy Faulkner, who voted for Trump in 2016 stated, “I voted for Trump, still not sure if it was the right decision. He seemed like a down-to-earth guy who would order a cheeseburger and fries, even if given fancier options. I have no qualms about voting either side, as long as they’re willing to do what it takes to get our country back to where we need it.”
She voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and has not been thrilled about President Trump. It leaves her with the idea she may just vote Democrat in 2020.
Candidates running for the Democratic nomination have set their sites on these counties in Iowa who voted for both the president and Obama. This could change the course of the election as the candidates for both Republicans and Democrats will work to try and gain the working whites and middle-class voters who sided with Trump within the area.
An outstanding 9.2 million voters who voted for Obama in the first two elections voted for Trump when he ran, and the Democrats were left behind. From 2016 to 2018, the president’s ratings have dropped from 85 percent to 66 percent.
It is still a good chance the president can win this area over again because he is still favored over 50 percent of the population. However, no one in Iowa is afraid to change sides and vote for a different party.
Obama and the Democrats have left a bad taste, and they have not forgotten. In 2018, Democrats have gained some voters trust back when Democrats were elected to congressional seats, even though Iowa has a Republican Governor, Kim Reynolds.
There were 99 counties which flipped sides from voting all Democrat to all Republican. This state will be a battleground for both parties as many counties still vote Republican with 31 counties set in stone.
The counties which switched back to Democrat in the 2018 election is the counties the Democratic primary candidates have on their agendas to visit. President Trump will be on the western part of Iowa on Tuesday.
Throughout the entire week since Sunday Democrats have targeted Iowa. Bernie Sanders was the first to stop off in Dubuque County. So far, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and former congressman Beto O’Rourke have visited the state.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will be touring the state Tuesday and Wednesday. He will be targeting those who are not sure which party to vote for, and he is already claiming to be Trump’s direct opponent.
The Democratic party is already making its first mistake in Iowa as they do not want the candidates to target the voters who are in support of the president and who are firmly Republican. They feel it is a “waste of time.”
The people who live in Iowa have already stated they will vote either way, and they will vote for whoever presents themselves best.
There are many counties which are also labeled as the Independent Party. The residences within the county have made it clear they want an honest and blunt political figure in the office.
Some feel they need another candidate in the White House, but there is no one who has fit this role better than President Donald Trump.
This guy, Eric Kortemeyer, is one like many in the state of Iowa.
When President Trump ran in 2016, his thoughts were, “Oh, what the hell, let’s give this guy a chance.”
He liked the idea of a businessman running the country.
Kortemeyer does not know if he will vote for the president in 2020, but he put into words how most people in Iowa feel, “Honestly, I don’t know what the hell I am anymore. I used to be a Democrat. Do I want him to have a second term? I don’t know. I would vote for a Democrat, but they’re really going to have to convince me.”