2014 Elections

Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Iowa is in Two "American Nations," Which One Do You Live In?

Colin Woodard's 11 "American Nations"
Courtesy of Colin Woodard

Why do we classify states or regions as “red” or “blue”? How did certain areas of the country gain particular political reputations? 

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Newsbuzz
1:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR Correspondent Mara Liasson Weighs in on Iowa Politics

Why do female candidates often go by their first names? Liasson weighs in on gender issues in politics.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's 'Squeal' ad made waves this election cycle. NPR political correspondent Mara Liassion believes Ernst's gender was crucial to that appeal.

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2014 Elections
4:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Happened to Iowa Democrats?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley delivers his concession speech at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (11/04/2014.)
Credit Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Politics Day: Mid-Term Election Analysis

nshepard / flickr

Republicans hand a major defeat to President Obama and Senate Democrats, seizing control of the U.S. Senate; and Iowa makes history, electing its first female senator, Joni Ernst.

One lone Democrat remains in Iowa’s six-member congressional delegation to Washington. This politics day, host Ben Kieffer and several political analysts examine the results of Iowa’s races and fit them into the national picture, to ask, what may be in store for the final two years of the Obama presidency?

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2014 Elections
2:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Not Quite a Record for Voter Turnout

photo by John Pemble / IPR

Voter turnout Tuesday was not as high as the historic turnout in the 2010 midterm election, but the Secretary of State's office says it came close. 

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2014 Elections
1:38 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Loebsack Ready to Return to Washington

2nd District Democrat Incumbent Dave Loebsack is joined by his wife Terry as he speaks to supporters at The Mill in Iowa City
Julie Englander IPR

The lone Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is looking forward to returning to Congress. Dave Loebsack says they’ve been gone too long.

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2014 Elections
8:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Big Election Night for Iowa Republicans

Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds, who was also re-elected, watches Iowa Governor Terry Branstad give his acceptance speech in West Des Moines.
John Pemble IPR

Last night Governor Branstad was elected to a sixth term and Republican Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. Democrats held on to its majority in the state senate. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey about last night's results and what it might mean for 2016.

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2014 Elections
2:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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2014 Elections
1:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Former Grassley Staffer Takes 3rd District

In a tight race, Republican David Young took the 3rd district.
Amanda Horvath/IPR

Republican David Young is the new Congressman from Iowa’s third district. He beat Staci Appel with 53 percent of the vote. Young says he will start working for Iowa on day one of his term.

“And you folks have the power to hire and fire,” he says.  “I’m not loyal to any party leadership, any president, this group or that group. You’re in charge here. This is self-determination, you’re the boss.”

Young celebrated his victory just a few blocks from his home in Van Meter. He says his campaign staff made a huge difference.

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2014 Elections
12:49 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa's Open 1st District Goes Republican

Republican Rod Blum will represent Iowa's 1st District in the U.S. House.
courtesy of Rod Blum campaign

Republican Rod Blum, a Dubuque businessman, defeated Democrat Pat Murphy for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in a tight race that was separated by a little more than 5,000 votes. 

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2014 Elections
12:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Ernst Wins, Becomes First Iowa Woman in Congress

State Senator Joni Ernst has been elected to the United States Senate, the first woman to represent Iowa in Washington.
John Pemble/IPR

Republican State Senator and National Guard officer Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. She defeated Democrat Bruce Braley to replace Tom Harkin in the U.S. Senate. 

It was a roller coaster race throughout the campaign. But late polls showed Ernst surging. She declared her victory to a packed room at the West Des Moines Marriott. Ernst said it’s a long way from Red Oak, Iowa, to the United States Senate.

“Thanks to all of you, we are heading to Washington and we’re going to make them squeal,” she said.

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2014 Elections
12:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Branstad Cruises to Victory

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad easily won re-election.
John Pemble/IPR

As predicted, Governor Terry Branstad cruised to victory to win his sixth term as the state’s chief executive, easily defeating his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch. 

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2014 Elections
12:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Same-Day Voter Registration

Chance McElhaney of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says for those who haven’t yet registered to vote, voters will need to bring a picture I.D. and proof of residence, if the I.D. doesn't have the voter's current address.
Julia Taylor

Tomorrow is the 2014 Midterm Election. While both major parties have championed early voting, many Iowans will score an “I Voted” sticker at their polling station.  

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2014 Elections
6:32 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Republicans Challenge Democrats for Iowa Senate Control

Crystal Bruntz, the Republican running for the open Senate District 15 seat, talked to the crowd of the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club.
Clay Masters IPR

Candidates for the Iowa House and Senate have filed their final campaign finance reports before tomorrow’s election.    

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2014 Elections
8:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Races: From Lopsided to Razor Thin

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With Election Day on Tuesday, IPR’s Clay Masters spoke with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey, to discuss what to expect.

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Clinton for the Braley Campaign
5:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hillary Clinton Back in Iowa

Hillary Clinton in Cedar Rapids
Joyce Russell IPR

Former Secretary of State  and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was at a union hall in Cedar Rapids today.

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2014 Elections
4:46 am
Wed October 29, 2014

1st District Voter Map

The Julien Dubuque Bridge, which connects Dubuque to East Dubuque, IL over the Mississippi River.
Credit SD Dirk

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

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2014 Elections
4:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

2nd District Voter Map

Iowa City's pedestrian mall, which sits adjacent to the University of Iowa campus.
Credit Alan Light

Iowa City, Davenport, Burlington and Ottumwa are the major population centers in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.   

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2014 Elections
4:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

3rd District Voter Map

Skyline of Des Moines, Polk County's largest city and the capitol of Iowa. Polk County is the 3rd Congressional District's most populous county. It is also the only county in the district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.
Jason Mrachina

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District contains 16 counties in the southwest quadrant of the state.

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2014 Elections
4:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

4th District Voter Map

Loess Hills in Harrison County.
Credit Kevin Palmer

The 4th District covers the most area, but contains the fewest people of Iowa's four congressional districts. 

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River to River
4:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Jack Hatch on legislative priorities, fund raising and gaining the support of Iowa Democrats

State Senator Jack Hatch in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studio
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Just a week away from election day, polls show Governor Terry Branstad has a double-digit lead over Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch.

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2014 Elections
1:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Outside Groups Launch Ground Game in Iowa

Denise Bubeck knocks doors for Americans For Prosperity’s Iowa Chapter in a Des Moines neighborhood.
Clay Masters IPR

Since the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision in 2010, there’s been more and more participation in electoral politics by groups not coordinated with campaigns or parties. 

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Election 2014
12:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Branstad Helping GOP Take Iowa Senate

Branstad and Reynolds in Boone
Photo by Joyce Russell/IPR

Governor Branstad’s campaign schedule this week includes helping Republican candidates for the Iowa Senate.   

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Ernst, One Week To Go

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
John Pemble IPR

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Braley, One Week To Go

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register soapbox at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
Clay Masters IPR

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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2014 Elections
12:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Iowa Nice Guy Announces Run for Governor of Iowa

The Iowa Nice Guy says he’s running to represent the “Nice Party” of Iowa.

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2014 Elections
5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Home Stretch for the Governor

Branstad and Reynolds in Carroll
Photo by Joyce Russell/IPR

Republican Governor Terry Branstad is leaving nothing to chance as the November election draws near.

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Hatch on the Trail
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Statewide Blitz for Challenger Hatch

Jack Hatch in Albia
photo by Ryan Sharpstene/Hatch Campaign

With less than two weeks before the election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is introducing himself to voters across the state.  

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Politics Day
4:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

America's Love-Hate Relationship with Political Polling

DonkeyHotey / flickr

Two weeks to go until Election Day. Polls continue to show the Braley-Ernst Senate race is one of the closest in the nation – a contest that could decide party control in the Senate.

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2014 Elections
2:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Rand Rallies Republicans

U.S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky appeared at a rally for Republican First District Congressional candidate Rod Blum (seated) on the UNI campus Wednesday.
IPR's Pat Blank

U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is in Iowa today in support of GOP candidates up and down the ticket. Speaking at the University of Northern Iowa on behalf of First District Congressional candidate Rod Blum, Paul said he believes Republicans will do well in the upcoming election,” in Kentucky where I’m from, the Democratic candidate for the U-S Senate can’t remember who she voted for for President, and then you come to Iowa and everybody comes here for the Democrat but they can’t remember his name either, I really wish Bruce Bailey well, I really do.”


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