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Battleground States: Iowa

August 09, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Iowa is in the spotlight as findingDulcinea takes a closer look at key players in state offices and top priorities under debate. It is only one of several battleground states in which local races may influence the outcome of national contests.


George W. Bush defeated John Kerry in Iowa by an average 5.2 voters per precinct. In 2000, Al Gore narrowly won it by an even slimmer margin of 2 voters per precinct. We can anticipate an equally close contest this year. Iowa remains the spiritual home of the Obama campaign after his early caucus victory in the state propelled his candidacy from a long shot candidate to the favorite to win. John McCain did not focus on Iowa during his nomination battle but remains relatively popular in the state and quite competitive for the election.

Key Players

When presidential candidates come to Iowa, they must always pay their respects to the influential local bastion of the fourth estate: Des-Moines Register columnist David Yepsen. His influential columns resonate with Iowa voters and his knowledge of local politics is unmatched. Keeping in touch with his columns is a great way to get a feel for the current state of the race in Iowa.

Possible Outcomes

Will Barack Obama’s pre-built infrastructure be enough to hold off John McCain? The state remains too close to call and should be kept under watch through election night.

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