Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Iowa Republicans Now Pushing Early Voting

Many Republican officials in swing states have been wary of giving Trump too much support. But that's not the case in Iowa where the entire GOP has lined up behind the controversial nominee.

Party leaders remain divided, to say the least, on their Presidential candidate, and many will not appear with him.

But Iowa Republicans have taken a different approach.

Go to a Trump rally in Iowa, and you'll likely see one of the State's top Republicans as an opening speaker, from the Governor to its two U.S. Senators. In fact, Governor Terry Branstad's son, Eric Branstad, is managing Trump's Iowa effort, and Branstad's Lieutenant Governor, Kim Reynold's, stood with a group of women in front of the Iowa State Capitol on the day after Trump unveiled his child care plan.

Reynolds said "I believe that the Trump-Pence ticket is the team that can turn this country around, improve the lives of Americans and Iowans and especially those of women."

It's a General election, and Republicans here don't want to relive 2012 when President Obama won Iowa for the second time.

They didn't have field offices and they weren't sending out people to knock on doors.

So every one of Iowa's top Republicans have fallen in line. That mirrors a push by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which is targeting the State and flooding it with technology and troops.

One of those things that had to change was their ground game and data. And so they invested a lot of money in a state-of-the-art, data-driven operation across the Country and especially in key battleground states like Iowa.

The app includes GPS and Voter information, and they're not just targeting Republicans. They're going after soft Democrats and independents. Republicans have more registered voters than Democrats here, but there's more no party voters than either. Iowa Republicans have started playing more like Democrats and pushing Early Voting, and now they're filling in a gap in the Trump Campaign that they spotted in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

The way that they were trying to organize the State, if you can even call it that, was very untraditional.

So with a nontraditional Presidential candidate, the Party has a unified front and nuts-and-bolts support in the effort to win this State that's gone Democratic in six of the last seven elections.

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