Keep the Iowa Standard Going!
Considering the circumstances, some of the following facts are crazy.
Iowans love President Donald J. Trump. In 2016, Trump won the state by nearly 10 points. In 2020, Trump won the state by more than eight points.
After sharing the ballot with Trump in 2016, Iowa sent three Republican members to the House of Representatives out of its four districts. In 2020, Iowa sent three once again.
Mind you, in 2018, when Trump did not share the ballot with congressional candidates, Iowa sent just one Republican to Congress.
So yes, Iowa Republicans should make sure to thank President Trump for sending Republicans to Congress in the First and Second districts. Without Trump on the ballot, that doesn’t happen.
Looking even further, after the 2016 election, Republicans had a 59-seat majority in the Iowa House after sharing the ballot with Trump. After the 2020 election, Republicans have a 59-seat majority once again after sharing the ballot with Trump.
In that pesky 2018 year, Iowa Republicans saw their majority in the Iowa House dip all the way down to 53.
Again, President Trump provided a huge bounce to the GOP in the Hawkeye State not once, but twice.
It is undeniable.
But here is the crazy thing…last Wednesday, when it came time for members of Congress to vote whether or not to object to Electoral College results from certain states, every Iowa member of Congress voted in favor of certifying the results.
Every single one.
Here is what that means:
There is only one other state with multiple GOP members in the U.S. House of Representatives where every Republican voted against the objections.
Iowa was obviously one as Representatives Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Randy Feenstra joined Democrat Congresswoman Cindy Axne (and every other Democrat for that matter) in voting against the objections. The only other state where every single Republican member of the House voted against the objections was…Washington State.
By the way, Washington State has two Democrat Senators. Not exactly the same shade of “red” as Iowa.
That’s not good company.
In contrast, the majority of Republicans in the U.S. House from California voted in favor of the objections. The majority of Republicans in the U.S. House from New York voted in favor of the objections.
Is Iowa less conservative than California or New York?
That is an absurd assertion.
Yet based on the votes from last week, Iowans should realize this is the early new reality presented to them by the delegation.