Iowa Caucuses Articles


Democracy 101

The closer you look, the more inspiring Iowa's ­caucuses are.
Feb 15, 2016

What is a Republican caucus in Iowa really like? On February 1, I went to Ames to find out.

One hundred eighty-nine Republicans filed into the sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, just a few blocks from the Iowa State campus, to consider each candidate a final time before casting their votes. Like those across the state, the caucus started promptly at 7:00 p.m.—well, maybe a minute or two after. Jeff Ortiz, co-chairman of the Story County GOP and chairman of the precinct's caucus, gave a little leeway to the last few voters signing in. Every caucusgoer must be registered as a Republican in Iowa, which a participant can do up until the caucus begins.

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Iowa's Largest Newspaper Slams Democrats for Caucus 'Debacle'

"Be transparent."
3:33 PM, Feb 04, 2016
The Des Moines Register roasted the state's Democrats Thursday for how they handled this year's caucus process. Read more

Trump Criticizes Voters for Not Giving Him 'Any Credit' for Self-Funding

Also argues his second-place finish in Iowa was a 'long shot' success story.
3:32 PM, Feb 02, 2016
Donald Trump went back to the well of his "self-funding" strategy Tuesday, lamenting that voters haven't given him kudos for one of his campaign's central boasts. Read more

It Can Be Done

The anti-ethanol candidate wins in Iowa.
2:48 PM, Feb 02, 2016
For nearly three decades, politicians, pollsters, and pundits have considered support for ethanol a litmus test for legitimacy in Iowa presidential politics. Read more

It's Groundhog Day!

Have we seen this movie before?
1:57 PM, Feb 02, 2016
It seems fitting to me that the day after this year's Iowa caucuses is Groundhog Day (and not just because of the animal's resemblance to the thing that sits on Trump's head). Read more

Trump's Unconventionality Finally Fails Him

Great expectations...not met.
11:00 AM, Feb 02, 2016
Why does Donald Trump’s respectable finish in the Iowa caucuses look so much like a stinging defeat? After all, for a conventional candidate, Trump's performance could easily be spun as a victory. In profoundly hostile territory – Iowa's GOP voters are deeply religious, while Trump is … Trump – the New York property magnate came in second. Indeed, he won 15,000 more votes than Rick Santorum did when the former senator won 2012's caucus. But then Trump's candidacy has been anything but conventional. Read more

Kristol: Cruz Wins, Trump Loses, Hillary Ties

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:35 PM, Feb 01, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the results of tonight's Iowa caucuses. Read more

Donald Trump Finally Lost a Poll

Cruz and Rubio outperformed their final Iowa poll numbers.
11:22 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Donald Trump has owned the polls, scientific or otherwise -- until now. Read more

The Consequences of 'Voter Anger'

Trump, Sanders poised to take full advantage.
6:32 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Iowa and New Hampshire this year could be remembered as breaking points in presidential politics. Read more

Visualizing What Cruz and Rubio Have to Do in Iowa

They need a Santorum-like charge to make it interesting.
6:48 PM, Jan 31, 2016
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio need a last-minute charge to compete in Monday’s Iowa Republican Caucus. Read more

Why the Fourth Most Popular Candidate in Iowa Is in First Place

10:23 AM, Jan 31, 2016
In the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, Donald Trump leads the field at 28 percent with Ted Cruz in second place at 23 percent and Marco Rubio in third at 15 percent. Read more

Kristol: Heading Towards Trump & Sanders Iowa Victories?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
9:57 AM, Jan 31, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on what we can expect from tomorrow's Iowa caucuses: surprises. Read more

In Iowa, It's Cruz vs. Everybody

8:05 AM, Jan 30, 2016
In the final days before the caucuses here, the Ted Cruz campaign insists their only real opponent is Donald Trump. “It's a binary choice," said Steve King, the congressman from Iowa's northwest corner and the most prominent Cruz supporter in the state. "Either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz." Read more

Spending Issues an Afterthought on Eve of Iowa Caucuses

Entitlements, debt non-issues in debate and campaign.
1:40 PM, Jan 29, 2016
Thursday night’s Republican primary debate treated fiscal policy with the same disinterest the issue has received all campaign. Read more

Among the (Mostly) Committed for Cruz

Can Cruz seal the deal before time runs out?
1:19 AM, Jan 29, 2016
As the Fox News anchors signed off, the lights turned on, and the ballroom began opening up for a big after-debate party, I wanted to know one thing: Had Ronette Smith made up her mind? Read more

Iowans Getting Serious About Upcoming Caucus

Hosted by Michael Graham.
5:46 PM, Jan 28, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on next Monday's Iowa caucuses. Read more

One-Third of Iowa Voters Could Bail on Their Candidate, Pollster Warns

Hope for Rubio? (And trouble for Trump?)
3:40 PM, Jan 28, 2016
The Republican presidential primaries have been chaotic thus far. And the chaos could continue. Read more

Will Trump Voters in Iowa Balk?

Some already have.
1:27 AM, Jan 28, 2016
A disaffected Trump supporter showed up at Wellman’s Pub in West Des Moines one night before the Fox News debate and five days before the Iowa caucuses at a rally for Marco Rubio. What changed? Read more

Play Our Iowa Caucus Prediction Game!

Where will you bet your 100 chips?
3:32 PM, Jan 26, 2016
Yesterday, in the boss's newsletter Kristol Clear (sign up here for free!) we sent out a new twist on our traditional newsletter straw poll: A prediction market game. Read more

Trump's Pre-Caucus Assault: Web Ads

Give the people what they want: The Donald.
1:48 PM, Jan 26, 2016
In the days leading up to the Iowa Caucus, Trump has taken his message to the Internet for a last-minute blitz with a series of web videos. How do they stack up? Read more

Kristol: Tea Partiers Should Oppose Trump

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:46 PM, Jan 26, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the forthcoming pre-caucus GOP debate, why the Donald isn't inevitable, and why Tea Partiers should oppose Trump. Read more

Hayes: Iowa is 'Trump's to Lose'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:35 PM, Jan 25, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the Iowa caucuses, just one week away. Read more

The Courage of Supporting Ethanol

Trump frames ethanol support as bold stroke before Iowa crowd
9:14 AM, Jan 20, 2016
Donald Trump framed his unqualified support of ethanol Tuesday as an act of political independence — this before a gathering of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit less than two weeks before the state goes to caucus. Read more

Will Palin Boost Trump in Iowa?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
9:56 PM, Jan 19, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer John McCormack, live from Iowa, on whether Sarah Palin will push Donald Trump to a caucus win in Iowa. Read more

At Half-Empty Rally, Trump Claims 'Hundreds' Turned Away

7:37 PM, Jan 12, 2016
Trump claimed the room was partially empty because the local fire marshall had warned the floor of the event might collapse, and that "hundreds" of people were being turned away at the door. Read more

Clinton Pivots to the General

But will voter apathy be her undoing?
7:56 AM, Jan 05, 2016
Iowa Democrats are, at long last, ready for Hillary. Well, mostly ready. Read more

Iowa Poll: Cruz Supplants Carson as Top Trump Challenger

9:15 AM, Nov 24, 2015

A new poll of Iowa Republicans shows Texas senator Ted Cruz moving into a close second to Donald Trump in the race for the presidential nomination. The Quinnipiac poll of 600 likely GOP caucusgoers found 25 support Trump while 23 percent support Cruz.

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Cruz, Christie Pick Up Walker Supporters in Iowa

9:48 PM, Sep 21, 2015

The fallout from Scott Walker's exit from the presidential race continues in Iowa, which had been the Wisconsin governor's stronghold. The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs reports that Texas senator Ted Cruz has gained the support of three of Walker's county chairs:

3 Iowans who backed Scott Walker are now Ted Cruz county co-chairs: Phyllis Gannon/Green Co., Barb Pape/Clayton Co., Dean Hamilton/Henry Co.

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Walker Leaders in Iowa Sign Up With Rubio

8:22 PM, Sep 21, 2015

Four members of Scott Walker's Iowa campaign are now aligning with Marco Rubio. With the Wisconsin governor exiting the presidential race Monday, the Walker campaign's network of activist supporters in the early primary states are free to endorse other candidates.

In Iowa, three county chairs and a university student leader are now supporting Rubio, the Florida senator. Melody Slater of Lee County, Matt Giese of Dubuque County, and Alan Ostergren of Muscatine County, have all shifted their support for Rubio.

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Iowa Poll: Trump, Carson Tied For Lead

Carly Fiorina comes in second.
10:16 AM, Aug 31, 2015

A new poll of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa finds Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the lead at 23 percent support. The Monmouth University poll is the first since July to show Trump not in the sole lead position in Iowa.

Behind Trump and Carson in the poll is Carly Fiorina at 10 percent support. All three top candidates are not officeholders and only one, Fiorina, has ever run for public office before.

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