The Green Papers: Iowa 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 2 June 2020
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Friday 13 March 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 2 June 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC).
Friday 14 August 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CST (1300-0300 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:3,053,787 (0.99% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Des Moines
 

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Iowa State and Local Government

Iowa 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Under State law, a candidate in a Primary must receive at least 35% of the vote in that Primary to win a Party's nomination. If no candidate receives 35% in the Primary, the nominee is chosen by the State Convention of the Party.

Voters must be registered voters of either the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican parties (Iowa's "Political Parties") to participate in the primary election [Iowa Administrative Code §39.3, 43.1, 43.2, 43.3]. Voters can change their party affiliation anytime before election day or at their polling place on election day. Other parties are considered "Non-Party Political Organizations" in Iowa and candidates are nominated by nomination petitions or a nominating convention.


Three Year Election Calendar, Primary Election, and General Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

16 May 2019: Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds (Republican) signs HF 692 which moves the filing deadline for non-presidential independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties from August to March.

2 June 2020 Primary results, results from a media source.


General Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

3 November 2020 returns from the Iowa Secretary of State.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 6 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (9, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 897,672 53.09% President Donald John Trump
for Vice President: Vice President Michael R. "Mike" Pence
(6 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80001571; 14 Oct 20; Tot $533,843,893; Dsb $509,522,430
  Candidate Democratic 759,061 44.89% former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
for Vice President: California Senator Kamala D. Harris
FEC P80000722; 14 Oct 20; Tot $952,239,370; Dsb $790,193,383
  Candidate Libertarian 19,637 1.16% Jo Jorgensen
for Vice President: Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
FEC P00013524; 14 Oct 20; Tot $2,944,057; Dsb $2,771,493
  Candidate Scattering 4,337 0.26% Write-in
  Candidate No Party 3,210 0.19% Kanye "Deez Nutz" West
for Vice President: Michelle Tidball
FEC P00016741; 14 Oct 20; Tot $11,542,527; Dsb $10,395,234
  Candidate Green 3,075 0.18% Howie Gresham Hawkins
for Vice President: Angela Nichole Walker
FEC P00012211; 14 Oct 20; Tot $463,774; Dsb $444,200
  Candidate Constitution 1,707 0.10% Don Blankenship
for Vice President: William Alan Mohr
FEC P00014209; 14 Oct 20; Tot $78,705; Dsb $74,505
  Candidate Alliance Party 1,082 0.06% Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, Jr.
for Vice President: Darcy G. Richardson
FEC P60016342; 30 Sep 20; Tot $14,220,080; Dsb $14,181,205
  Candidate Genealogy Know Your Family History 546 0.03% Ricki Sue King
for Vice President: Dayna R. Chandle
  Candidate No Party 544 0.03% Brock Jeffrey Pierce
for Vice President: Karla Marie Ballard
FEC P00016550; 14 Oct 20; Tot $5,541,473; Dsb $5,021,727
Total 1,690,871 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Joni K. Ernst
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 864,997 51.74% Senator  Joni K. Ernst
FEC S4IA00129; 14 Oct 20; Tot $20,852,035; Dsb $19,721,548
  Candidate Democratic 754,859 45.15% Theresa Greenfield
FEC S0IA00176; 14 Oct 20; Tot $47,539,579; Dsb $43,766,774
  Candidate Libertarian 36,961 2.21% Rick Stewart
FEC S4IA00194; 14 Oct 20; Tot $8,330; Dsb $12,435
  Candidate No Party 13,800 0.83% Suzanne Herzog
FEC S0IA00184; 14 Oct 20; Tot $17,863; Dsb $17,525
  Candidate Scattering 1,211 0.07% Write-in
Total 1,671,828 100.00%  

Class 3 Republican Senator  Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
First elected: 1980; re-elected: 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1974, 1976, 1978]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
FEC S0IA00028

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
Ascended to the Governor's Chair: 24 May 2017 [re: Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resignation to become Ambassador to China]; first elected: 2018.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg
Appointed: 25 May 2017 [Governor Kim Reynolds selected State Public Defender Adam Gregg as her Lieutenant Governor]; first elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Democratic (2 Renominated, 1 Open);
1 Republican (1 Lost / No longer running)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Abby Finkenauer
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 212,088 51.25% state Representative  Ashley Hinson Arenholz
FEC H0IA01174; 14 Oct 20; Tot $4,604,323; Dsb $4,264,992
  Candidate Democratic 201,347 48.65% Member of Congress  Abby Finkenauer
FEC H8IA01094; 14 Oct 20; Tot $5,335,568; Dsb $5,114,587
  Candidate Scattering 434 0.10% Write-in
Total 413,869 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Member of Congress  David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 12 April 2019: Announced his retirement.
12 November 2020: Recount requested.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican 196,885 49.91% state Senator  Mariannette Jane Miller-Meeks
FEC H0IA02180
  Candidate Democratic 196,853 49.91% former state Senator Rita R. Hart
FEC H0IA02156; 14 Oct 20; Tot $3,649,891; Dsb $3,064,714
  Candidate Scattering 703 0.18% Write-in
Total 394,441 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Cindy Axne
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic 219,205 48.94% Member of Congress  Cindy Axne
FEC H8IA03124; 14 Oct 20; Tot $5,749,407; Dsb $4,958,660
  Candidate Republican 212,997 47.55% former Member of Congress  David Young
First elected 2014; re-elected: 2016. Unsuccessful candidate for re-election: 2018.

FEC H4IA03115; 14 Oct 20; Tot $3,014,907; Dsb $2,368,182
  Candidate Libertarian 15,361 3.43% Bryan Jack Holder
FEC H4IA03149
  Candidate Scattering 384 0.09% Write-in
Total 447,947 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Lost
Republican Member of Congress  Steven A. "Steve" King
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Lost Primary / No Longer Running
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 237,369 61.97% state Senator  Randall "Randy" Feenstra
FEC H0IA04145; 14 Oct 20; Tot $1,737,664; Dsb $1,652,736
  Candidate Democratic 144,761 37.79% James D. "JD" Scholten
FEC H8IA04106; 14 Oct 20; Tot $2,650,648; Dsb $2,381,711
  Candidate Scattering 892 0.23% Write-in
Total 383,022 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Secretary of State  Paul D. Pate
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic Attorney General  Tom Miller
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1982, 1986; elected again: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald
First elected: 1982; re-elected: 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic Auditor  Rob Sand
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  Mike Naig
Appointed: 1 March 2018 (re: Bill Northey's confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services); first elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 6 incumbents, 6 candidates
  Republican: 7 incumbents, 7 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Alliance Party (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Genealogy Know Your Family History: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  No Party: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 6 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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  The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier
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