DES MOINES — The alignment of Democratic voters to Iowa’s city facilities and Republican voters to the state’s rural areas continued to sharpen within the 2020 election.
And but once more, Republicans’ benefits throughout the state overwhelmed Democrats’ confined areas of energy.
Iowa’s urban-rural divide has been within the works for a decade now, and it’s now not a rising pattern: It’s the brand new regular. Democrats personal the 5 counties with the most important populations; Republicans personal all however one of many relaxation.
The issue for Democrats is that six counties — Polk, Linn, Scott, Johnson and Black Hawk, together with Story, residence to Iowa State College — don’t present sufficient votes to win a statewide race and, in current elections, Democrats typically haven’t been profitable in many of the state’s different 93 counties.
The end result: Democrats haven’t gained a statewide, top-of-the-ticket race — for governor or the U.S. Senate — since 2008, Tom Harkin’s final election victory. Republicans have gained seven such races in a row.
Lawyer Common Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a pair of entrenched Democratic incumbents, have gained their statewide re-election bids throughout that point.
And Democrat Rob Sand took 25 counties, most in japanese Iowa, when he gained the state auditor race in 2018.