Iowa Caucuses

Courting Iowa Democrats

Oct 11, 2019

On Midwest Week, as the Iowa Caucuses approach, which candidates are spending the most time in Iowa and what issues are they focusing on.

Sam Dunklau / WVIK News

Shift workers, those with disabilities, members of the military, and others will be able to participate in February's democratic caucuses, even if they're not in Iowa.

Hickenlooper 2020

The next Democratic presidential candidate to visit Iowa will be John Hickenlooper, and he'll include stops in the eastern part of the state. The former governor of Colorado will start in Des Moines Friday night, then on Saturday campaign in Charles City, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Clinton, and Cedar Rapids.

Kamala Harris 2020

Kamala Harris will campaign in the Quad Cities this weekend. The Democratic candidate for president, and US Senator from California, plans to hold a town hall meeting in Bettendorf on Sunday. 

Bernie Sanders gestures behind a podium while speaking at Genesis hospital in Davenport, Oct. 2014.
Herb Trix / WVIK News

Bernie Sanders has canceled his appearance at a "Stronger Together Rally" in Davenport Monday afternoon due to scheduling  conflicts.

The Clinton campaign says the U.S. Senator from Vermont will stop in Des Moines on Wednesday to discuss Clinton's plans for the economy.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

More than 100 republicans showed up to caucus at a middle school in Davenport last night. For many, it was their first caucus ever, and quite a few said they switched parties since the 2008 election.

Sam Dunklau

Registered Democrats at a Davenport precinct gave Bernie Sanders a 3-2 victory last night. At the Precinct D-42 caucus, held at Williams Intermediate School, 83 supporters lined up for Sanders while 63 lined up for Hillary Clinton.

 But the caucus didn't start that way. A bit of haggling came first. 

For many, such as 18-year-old Duane Sleet, it was their first caucus.   

On the other hand, veteran caucus-goer Alicia Cheek was "firmly" undecided.

Even a busload of high school students from as far away as Northwest Indiana made the trip to observe a caucus.

WVIK Staff

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz won a caucus in Davenport Monday night by just a single vote. At Davenport Central High School, 123 republicans voted for their favorite nominee. Cruz received 38, Marco Rubio came in second with 37, and Donald Trump received 19.

Chart shows chances of precipitation in Davenport beginning at noon today / QCs National Weather Service

A winter storm is headed for eastern Iowa tonight, but it shouldn't affect caucus turnout because most of the precipitation is forecast to fall after midnight.

The National Weather Service says in the Quad Cities, there's a chance of rain and snow before midnight, then rain and snow are likely, possibly mixed with sleet. Meteorologists don't expect much if any accumulation with a low temperature above freezing, around 34 degrees.  

A winter storm warning for heavy snow goes into affect for the Dubuque area overnight, at 3 a.m, and continues until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The weather service forecast for Dubuque says there's a slight chance of light snow in the evening, then 1-2 inches of snow are expected to fall after midnight with a low around 30. Two to five inches of snow are forecast for the Dubuque area tomorrow, with a mix of snow and sleet possible in the afternoon. The high will be around 35 degrees.

WVIK Staff

With less than 24 hours until the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz is making his final campaign stops in the state. Tonight, the republican stopped at the Adventure Community Church in Davenport, urging the crowd to bring as many friends as possible to the caucuses tomorrow night.