Information About the 2020 Iowa Caucus

Iowa Caucus 2020

The State of Iowa was established in 1846 and was the 29th state to be admitted to the United States. It is centrally located between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and is part of the central region in the United States known as the Midwest. The state is made up of sweeping prairies, rolling hills and winding rivers. A large percentage of the land in Iowa is used for agricultural purposes. The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, which is located in the southern part of the state. Iowa is named after the Ioway, a Native American tribe that had settled in the region before the Europeans. (For more Iowa History, see http://publications.iowa.gov/ & Iowa Official Register.)

Iowa Caucus Voting History

In the last 10 out of 12 Iowa Caucuses, Iowa has picked the top 3 candidates from both parties who would later go on to win their party's nomination for president.  The State of Iowa has been using the caucus system to select presidential candidates since 1917.  It wasn't the first state to hold its' caucuses until 1972, when the Democratic party changed its' caucuses to be First in the Nation. Since that time, both the Iowa Democratic and Republican parties moved their caucuses and primaries to be First in the Nation.  Iowa will currently hold its' caucus on February 3rd, 2020. Under state law, Iowa is sanctioned to be the first cacus held in the nation. The Iowa Caucus will play a major role in isolating the top candidates for each political party for the November 3rd, 2020 Presidential Election.  (See https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iacode/2001supplement/43/4.html.)

Past Iowa Caucus Results: _____ (underlined) = Eventually Winning Candidate of the Parties Nomination Process
Year Democrats Republicans
2016

1) Hillary Clinton
2) Bernie Sanders
3) Martin O'Malley

1) Ted Cruz
2) Donald Trump
 
3) Marco Rubio
4) Ben Carson
    
5) Rand Paul  
6) Jeb Bush
7) Carly Fiorina
8) John Kasich
2012

1) Barack Obama

1) Rick Santorum
2) Mitt Romney
3) Ron Paul
4) Newt Gigrich
5) Rick Perry
6) Michele Bachmann
7) Jon Huntsman
2008

1) Barack Obama
2) John Edwards
3) Hillary Clinton
4) Bill Richardson
5) Joe Biden
6) Chris Dodd
7) Dennis Kucinich
8) Gravel

1) Mike Huckabee
2) Mitt Romney
3) Fred Thompson
4) John McCain
5) Ron Paul
6) Rudy Giuliani
7) Duncan Hunter
8) John Cox
2004

1) John Kerry
2) John Edwards
3) Howard Dean
4) Richard Gephard
5) Dennis Kucinich

1) George W. Bush (Sitting Pres. - unchallenged)
2000 1) Albert Gore (Sitting VP)
2) Bill Bradley

1) George W. Bush
2) Steve Forbes
3) Alan Keyes
4) Gary Bauer
5) John McCain
6) Orrin Hatch

1996 1) William Clinton (Sitting Pres. - unchallenged)

1) Robert Dole
2) Pat Buchanan
3) Lamar Alexander
4) Steve Forbes
5) Phil Gramm
6) Alan Keyes
7) Richard Lugar
8) Morry Taylor

1992

1) Tom Harkin
2) Paul Tsongas
3) William Clinton
4) Bob Kerrey
5) Jerry Brown

1) George Bush, Sr. (Sitting Pres. - unchallenged)
1988

1) Dick Gephardt
2) Paul Simon
3) Michael Dukakis
4) Bruce Babbitt

1) Robert Dole
2) Pat Robertson
3) George Bush, Sr. (Sitting VP)
4) Jack Kemp
5) Pete Dupont

1984

1) Walter Mondale
2) Gary Hart
3) George McGovern
4) Alan Cranston
5) John Glenn
6) Rueben Askew
7) Jesse Jackson

1) Ronald Reagan (Sitting President)
1980 1) Jimmy Carter (Sitting President)
2) Ted Kennedy

1) George Bush, Sr.
2) Ronald Regan
3) Howard Baker
4) John Connally
5) Phil Crane
6) John Anderson
7) Robert Dole

1976

1) Jimmy Carter
2) Birch Bayh 
3) Fred Harris
4) Morris Udall
5) Sargent Shriver
6) Henry Jackson

1) Gerald Ford (Sitting President)
2) Ronald Reagan
1972

1) Edmund Muskie
2) George McGovern
3) Hubert Humphrey
4) Eugene McCarthy
5) Shirley Chisholm
6) Henry Jackson

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In 32 out of 43 elections, Iowa has voted for the winning presidential candidate. Therefore, Iowa has given its' electoral votes to the winning president about 70% of the time and would be a fairly reliable source for predicting the outcome of the next presidential election.  
(See http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/votes/index.html.)

Iowa's Voting History & Results:     = WINNING CANDIDATE
Year Democrat Republican Iowa Voted
  Total: 17 Wins Total: 26 Wins  Total: 32 out of 43
2020 ? ? ?
2016 Hillary Clinton - NY Donald Trump  - NY
Donald Trump
2012 Barack Obama - IL
Mitt Romney - MA Barack Obama
2008 Barack Obama - IL
John McCain - AZ
Barack Obama
2004 John Kerry - MA George Bush - TX
George Bush
2000 Albert Gore - TN  George Bush - TX
Albert Gore
1996 William Clinton - AR
Robert Dole - KS William Clinton
1992 William Clinton - AR
George Bush, Sr. - TX William Clinton
1988 Michael Dukakis - MA  George Bush, Sr. - TX
Michael Dukakis
1984 Walter Mondale - MN Ronald Reagan - CA
Ronald Reagan
1980 Jimmy Carter - GA Ronald Reagan - CA
Ronald Reagan
1976 Jimmy Carter - GA
Gerald Ford - MI Gerald Ford
1972 George McGovern - SD Richard Nixon - NY
Richard Nixon
1968 Hubert Humphrey - MN Richard Nixon - NY
Richard Nixon
1964 Lyndon Johnson - TX
Barry Goldwater - AZ Lyndon Johnson
1960  John Kennedy - MA
Richard Nixon - CA 
John Kennedy - MA 
1956 Adlai Stevenson - IL Dwight Eisenhower - NY
Dwight Eisenhower
1952 Adlai Stevenson - IL Dwight Eisenhower - NY
Dwight Eisenhower
1948 Harry Truman - MO
Thomas Dewey - NY Harry Truman
1944 Franklin Roosevelt - NY
Thomas Dewey - NY Thomas Dewey
1940 Franklin Roosevelt - NY
Wendell Willkie - NY Wendell Willkie
1936 Franklin Roosevelt - NY
Alfred Landon - KS Franklin Roosevelt
1931 Franklin Roosevelt - NY
Herbert Hoover - CA Franklin Roosevelt
1928 Alfred Smith - NY Herbert Hoover - CA
Herbert Hoover
1924 John Davis - WV Calvin Coolidge - MA
Calvin Coolidge
1920 James Cox - OH  Warren Harding - OH
Warren Harding
1916 Woodrow Wilson - NJ
Charles Hughes - NY  Charles Hughes
1912 Woodrow Wilson - NJ
William Taft - OH Woodrow Wilson
1908 William Bryan - NE William Taft - OH
William Taft
1904 Alton Parker - NY Theodore Roosevelt - NY
Theodore Roosevelt
1900  William Bryan - NE William McKinley - OH
William McKinley
1896  William Bryan - NE William McKinley - OH
William McKinley
1892  Grover Cleveland - NY
Benjamin Harrison - IN Benjamin Harrison
1888  Grover Cleveland - NY Benjamin Harrison - IN
Benjamin Harrison
1884 Grover Cleveland - NY
James Blaine - ME James Blaine 
1880 Winfield Hancock - PA James Garfield - OH
James Garfield
1876  Samuel Tilden - NY Rutherford Hayes - OH
Rutherford Hayes
1872  Horace Greeley - NY Ulysses Grant - IL 
Ulysses Grant 
1868  Horatio Seymour - NY Ulysses Grant - IL 
Ulysses Grant 
1864 George McClellan - NJ Abraham Lincoln - IL 
Abraham Lincoln 
1860  John Breckinridge - KY  Abraham Lincoln - IL 
Abraham Lincoln 
1856 James Buchanan - PA 
John Fremont - CA
John Fremont
1852 Franklin Pierce - NH 
Winfield Scott - NJ Franklin Pierce 
1848  Lewis Cass - MI Zachary Taylor - LA
 
Lewis Cass

 

Iowa - The Tall Corn State

Corn and corn components can be found in thousands of products including cleansers, cosmetics, drugs, and food. Beyond food and consumer product uses, corn is replacing petroleum in industrial applications from plastic containers to ethanol. Because corn products are a biodegradable and renewable resource, they're better for the environment than their petroleum counterparts. According to 2005-2006 USDA Industry Statistics, Iowa's corn crop is used for the following:

Animal Feed
Livestock in Iowa consumed about 550 million bushels of corn: 53% for hogs, 29% for beef cattle, 12% for poultry, and 5% for dairy cattle.

Exports
750 million bushels from Iowa's crop left the state. More than 55% went to foreign markets including Algeria, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Corn Sweeteners
755 million bushels of Iowa's crop were refined into corn sweeteners used in products such as candy, cola, ice cream, jelly, lunch meat, and salad dressing. 

Ethanol
Iowa's growing ethanol industry used about 450 million bushels of corn. The corn is fermented into fuel alcohol, which makes gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution and eliminating water pollution. By replacing gasoline, our need for petroleum, which isn't renewable, is reduced.  

Other Uses
275 million bushels were processed into starch for food and industrial uses such as paper, textiles, adhesives, plastics, baked goods, and soups; 190 million bushels became cereal, chips, tortillas, and other corn foods; and 135 million bushels were fermented into alcoholic beverages.

(See http://www.iowacorn.org for additional corn resources.  All corn references and statistics courtesy of Iowa Corn Promotion Board/Iowa Corn Growers Association.)

'Iowa Statistical Dynamics Circa 2000 - Present'

POPULATION and LAND USE:
Population: 3,002,555
Land Size: 55,869 square miles
Number of People per Mile: 52.4 persons per square mile
RACE:
Descendents: European Hispanic / Latino African Asian American Indian Mixed Race
Population: 2,708,263 119,734 77,477 47,365 11,642 26,670
Percentage: 90.6% 4.0% 2.6% 1.6% 0.4% 0.9%
AGE:
Years Old: Under 5 Yrs Under 18 Yrs Between 18-65 Yrs 65 Yrs
Population: 195,916 711,403 1,656,788 438,448
Percentage: 6.1% 22.6% 56.6% 14.7%
EDUCATION:
Level: High School Bachelors Degree or Higher High School Not Completed
Age: 25 & Older 25 & Older 25 & Older
Percentage: 81% 21% 19%
ECONOMY:
Civilian Labor Force Unemployment Rate Average Income per Capita Average Earnings per Job Private Non-Farm Employment Farm Employment
1,659,800 4.6% $31,058 $35,955 1,241,864 418,136

(For more Iowa Statistics, see Census Statistics, Census Map & Population Map.)


We thank the following resources:

Iowa Publications Online
http://publications.iowa.gov
FedStats
https://www.usa.gov/statistics
Iowa Data Center
http://www.iowadatacenter.org
Iowa Corn
http://www.iowacorn.org
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org
Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
https://iowaagriculture.gov/ 
USDA
http://www.nass.usda.gov
Iowa Pork Producers Association
http://www.iowapork.org
Iowa Legislature General Assembly
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ 
Historical Election Results 
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/votes/index.html