Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Results form the presidential race in Iowa, judicial retention, congressional races and state Senate.
Check back here for live election updates as they come in. President Barack Obama won Iowa's six electoral votes on Tuesday defeating Republican Mitt Romney in an election that the former Massachusetts governor had spent years campaigning to win. In Iowa's four Congressional races, Tom Latham and Steve King were the Republican winners; Bruce Braley and David Loebsack won for the Democrats. On judicial retention, which became a referendum for the future of gay marriage in Iowa, Justice David Wiggins appeared to have the votes necessary to remain in office. Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowans For Freedom committee that spearheaded a campaign to oust Wiggins, conceded defeat late Tuesday, according to the Des Moines Register. However, he …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Iowa voters launched Barack Obama's first White House bid with a win in the 2007 caucuses. The president wrapped up his cross-country campaigning in Des Moines with First Lady Michelle Obama and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
Barack Obama ended his 2012 campaign Monday back where it all began for him more than four years ago, in Iowa, and he brought Bruce Springsteen and First Lady Michelle Obama with him in an appearance before thousands of people jammed together in a packed downtown Des Moines. The president ended his final day of campaigning by taking the stage in Des Moines' East Village at about 10 p.m., talking for about 40 minutes to an estimated crowd of 20,000. "I come back to Iowa to ask for your help one more time," the president said. "I come back to Iowa where it all started." He told the audience that he knows what real change looks like. "We fought for it. We have the scars to show, I have the gray hair," the president said to laughs. "When …
Iowa voters launched Barack Obama's first White House bid with a surprise win in the 2007 caucuses. Tonight the president is to appear in Des Moines with First Lady Michelle Obama and rock superstar Bruce Springsteen.
- Deb Belt
Monday, November 5, 2012
Barack Obama ends his 2012 campaign tonight back where it all began for him more than four years ago, in Iowa, and he's bringing Bruce Springsteen and First Lady Michelle Obama with him. The president was to spend the final day of the 2012 campaign in the closely fought states of Wisconsin, Ohio and, finally, Iowa. The president will end his final day of campaigning in Des Moines' East Village, at about 9:30 p.m., where he will be joined by the First Lady and Springsteen. Iowa voters gave then first-term Sen. Barack Obama his first win in the presidential campaign more than four years ago, in the 2007 Iowa Caucuses, when he defeated presumptive favorite Hillary Clinton. And despite a sluggish economy, Iowa might help deliver Obama to the …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greeted over 4,000 supporters Sunday morning at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, promising to take accountability and get the economy jump-started if he's elected on Tuesday.
With the crowd chanting “Two more days,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage at Hy-Vee Hall to address more than 4,000 supporters Sunday morning in Des Moines. Romney, making his final campaign stop in Des Moines before the election on Tuesday, urged supporters to rally together, and get out the vote in the waning days of the campaign. The former Massachusetts governor -- who is 5 percentage points behind President Obama in today's Des Moines Register Iowa Poll -- told the crowd that once he takes office, he’ll work hard to get America’s economy rolling again, something he claimed President Obama has failed to during his term in office. “I’m not just going to take office in January, I’m going to take responsibility…
Optimism over where the country is headed gives Obama the edge in Election 2012.
The final Iowa Poll before Election Day shows President Obama up 5 percentage points over Mitt Romney in the state. The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows that Iowans are feeling more optimistic about where the nation is headed, and they're giving the president the credit, favoring him over Romney 47 percent to 42 percent. Iowa's economy has been strong. The unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, well below the national average, personal incomes are up 6.4 percent over a year ago and housing permits and sales are up almost 25 percent. Obama barely edges Romney on the question of which candidate would do the best job of fixing the economy, the primary argument of Romney’s campaign, the poll shows. Losing Iowa's six Electoral College votes would…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned in Cedar Falls as the 2012 election season wound down.
Four more days, not four more years, was the theme of the day as Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan addressed an enthusiastic crowd in Cedar Falls Friday. "A handful of states will determine this," he said. Ryan called on supporters to speak to their undecided friends and neighbors. "We cannot afford to wait four more years for real change," he said. "Let’s make sure we only wait four more days." The cheering, stomping audience responded by chanting, "Four more days! Four more days!" Ryan asked the crowd to remember living through the Iowa floods as they watched the news of devastation from Superstorm Sandy. He urged Iowans to donate to the Red Cross. "Let’s be there for them, because that's what Americans do," he said. …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The GOP candidate will be in Des Moines on Sunday,
Mitt Romney, running slightly behind President Obama in Iowa in most 2012 election polls, has another stop scheduled for the central part of the state. Romney is scheduled to appear Sunday in Des Moines at Hy-Vee Hall, 233 Center Street in Des Moines. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available at Romney's campaign office in Urbandale, 2775 86th Street. On Monday, President Obama is scheduled to be in Des Moines with First Lady Michelle Obama and the Boss-in-Chief, Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen will also accompany the president and First Lady on the last campaign leg of the 2012 presidential race Monday. The event will be in Des Moines, but a location and time are yet to be set.
- Deb Belt
Thursday, November 1, 2012
President Barack, First Lady Michelle Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen will appear in Des Moines Monday for the campaign's final stop before Election Day, according to a news release from the Obama for America office. The campaign said President Obama will spend the final day of the 2012 campaign in Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, ending his 2012 campaign in the state where his 2008 campaign began. The president will end his final day of campaigning in Des Moines, where he will be joined by the First Lady following a third performance by Springsteen, the campaign. A location and time for the Des Moines event will be announced later this week, the campaign said. After suspending the campaign for several days to deal …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Former president implores voters in the key swing state of Iowa to see that the "good guys" win again.
Former President Bill Clinton, accused of many things in his day but never of excessive brevity, seemed to be finished with his 40-minute speech Wednesday in Waterloo on behalf of President Obama. Clinton had the 500 or so people in attendance standing, clapping and cheering as he exited the stage at the Electric Park Ballroom following his speech, and he was shaking hands as he made his way offstage and the lightbulb went off. The former president suddenly dashed back to the microphone, saying he’d made a note to himself about Waterloo that he forgot to bring up during the speech. “Waterloo is famous,” he said, going on to talk about the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at a different Waterloo in a different time. That time would have been in…
Former President Bill Clinton campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama in Waterloo on Wednesday in the waning days of the 2012 election season.
Former President Bill Clinton, campaigning on behalf of President Barack Obama in Waterloo on Wednesday, spoke about Superstorm Sandy and remembered the Iowa flood of 1993. "There’s not a Democratic way or a Republican way to fight a flood, to rebuild a community," he said. Speaking to about 500 people at the Electric Park Ballroom, he said America was seeing Obama at his best as the president works alongside Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in response to Sandy's devastation on the East Coast. "That’s the way it ought to work when there’s not a flood," he said, to cheers from the enthusiastic crowd, which included Stephanie Kloberdanz and her 11-week-old daughter Brosie O'Banion. "I figured I'd start her off on the right track," …