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Iowa Code--Title II Chapter 43.4:

Delegates to county conventions of political parties and party committee members shall be elected at precinct caucuses held not later than the fourth Monday in February of each even-numbered year.  The date shall be at least eight days earlier than the scheduled date for any meeting, caucus or primary which constitutes the first determining stage of the presidential nominating process in any other state, territory or any other group which has the authority to select delegates in the presidential nomination.  The state central committees of the political parties shall set the date for their caucuses... 

 
Iowa's precinct caucuses are the first contest in the presidential nomination processes of both parties and the state thus attracts much attention from prospective candidates.  In early stages of the 2004 cycle, from 2001 to 2002, twelve prospective Democratic presidential candidates made at least 38 visits totalling 66 days in Iowa and President Bush made nine visits totaling nine days. [Iowa Visits 2004].

The dynamics in 2008 will be different in that both Democrats and Republicans will likely be crowding into the state.  Gov. Tom Vilsack, whose term ends in January 2007, is mentioned as a possible 2008 Democratic presidential candidate; if he were to show serious signs of getting in the race that could discourage some other Democratic prospects from competing in and visiting Iowa.  On the Republican side, social conservatives form an important constituency, while Democrats will look for labor support.  And, while Iowa has an increasingly diversified economy, candidates of both parties must be prepared to address questions relating to agriculture, the rural economy, and ethanol.

Going to Iowa and talking with Iowans is fundamental to success in the Iowa caucuses but there are many other ways a prospective candidate can cultivate good will and build connections in the months and years leading up to the caucuses.  Presidential hopefuls' leadership PACs spread the wealth, making contributions to Iowa party and candidate committees.  There are early efforts to attract talent.  The hopeful need not travel to Iowa to meet Iowans; he or she can hold low key meetings in his office or home.  In 2004 some prospects stopped by to speak to the Iowa delegation during the respective national party conventions.  Finally, independently of the wishes of a potential candidate, people can work to build support for or to criticize that individual.

Iowa Visits Per Month (VPM)
2006
Jan. '06
Feb. '06
Mar. '06
Apr. '06
May '06
June '06
July '06
Aug. '06
Sept. '06
Oct. '06
Nov. '06
Dec. '06
2
5
4
 5
 8
 7
           
HUCKABEE
ROMNEY
PATAKI
TANCREDO
HUCKABEE
ROMNEY
ALLEN
McCAIN
GINGRICH
GIULIANI
GINGRICH
ROMNEY
PATAKI
PATAKI
BROWNBACK
ALLEN 
ROMNEY
         
 
DASCHLE
BAYH
EDWARDS
EDWARDS
EDWARDS
WARNER
FEINGOLD
 KERRY
CLARK
BAYH
EDWARDS
DASCHLE
EDWARDS
GRAVEL
           

2005
Jan. '05
Feb. '05
Mar. '05
Apr. '05
May '05
June '05
July '05
Aug. '05
Sept. '05
Oct. '05
Nov. '05
Dec. '05
0
0
0.5
0.5
2
2
6
5.5
5.5
9
1
2
       
BROWNBACK
GINGRICH
 
TANCREDO
PATAKI
ROMNEY
HUCKABEE
GINGRICH
BROWNBACK
TANCREDO
PATAKI
HUCKABEE
BROWNBACK
TANCREDO
BROWNBACK
HUCKABEE
FRIST
PATAKI
ROMNEY
GINGRICH
HAGEL
PATAKI
ROMNEY
   
EDWARDS >
< EDWARDS
 
WARNER
EDWARDS
WARNER
RICHARDSON
BAYH
EDWARDS
CLARK >
< CLARK
EDWARDS
KERRY
BAYH
DASCHLE
 

2004
Two visits in Dec. 2004 (Kerry, Brownback).
 

2005 Summary
8 Republican prospects made a total of 22 visits totaling 34 days.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent the most time in Iowa, 7 days, while Gov. George Pataki (4 visits, 6 days), Sen. Sam Brownback (4 visits, 5 days), Gov. Mike Huckabee (3 visits, 5 days), Rep. Tom Tancredo (3 visits, 5 days) and Gov. Mitt Romney (3 visits, 3 days) all made multiple visits. 7 potential Democratic candidates made a total of 12 visits totaling 19 days.  Former Sen. John Edwards (4 visits, 6 days) and Sen. Evan Bayh (2 visits, 5 days) led Democratic prospects.
 
 

Other Notes
-Leadership PACs of prospective Democratic candidates will consider acquiring the Voter Activation Network, a voter file offered by the Iowa Democratic Party--for a price. >>

-Americans for Dr. Rice, a 527 group seeking to draft Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has been quite active in Iowa:

The group reported running a 15-second radio spot in Iowa starting Feb, 15, 2005 to promote its website (coinciding with the CPAC conference in Washington).

In August, on her way back to North Dakota from four days at the Republican State Convention in North Carolina, Americans for Rice research director Crystal Dueker spent the day Des Moines meeting political people and seeking to raise awareness of the group.  Her Mini Cooper, "plastered with 'Condi 2008' stickers, attracted attention from people wanting the stickers for their cars and friends, and she was interviewed by Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register.

Dueker and Kavon Nikrad from Minnesota carpooled in the Mini Cooper to Des Moines for the Polk County Republicans' GOP Fest on September 20.  This event was attended by over 800 people.

Americans for Rice ran its new 60-second TV spot in Des Moines starting October 16 on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," on October 17 on "Good Morning America" and "The View," on October 18 during the fourth episode of "Commander-in-Chief," and from October 24-28 on WOI ABC TV morning news.

Americans for Rice is scheduled to have a table at the Republican Party of Iowa's Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines on October 22.
 

-According to several news reports in May 2005, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton invited Iowans to her Washington, DC home for a fundraiser for her 2006 re-election campaign..


 
 
-The Greater Des Moines Partnership's 26th annual lobbying trip, dubbed Destiny DC 2005, brought more than 175 business and community leaders from Central Iowa to Washington, DC on June 8-10, 2005. 

Participants arrived on a chartered Northwest Airlines jet and engaged in a busy program that included speeches, workshops, briefings, a reception or two, and of course lobbying congressmen and congressional staff. 

The Partnership prepared a 133-page book providing relevant information on subjects ranging from transportation and infrastructure to homeland security.  It placed a particular focus this year on funding for projects to improve the quality of life in the greater Des Moines area.  For example, among the featured priorities were $9.1 million for the Principal Riverwalk, $100,000 for a regional study of multi-use trails, and so forth. 

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), seen as a likely 2008 presidential prospect, spoke at a luncheon on the first day.  According to news accounts, a number of other hopefuls stopped by to visit with these Iowa leaders.


Courtesy of Greater Des Moines Partnership
   

Interest Group Activity
Iowans for Tax Relief letter (windfall profits tax) - Dec. 15, 2005
Iowa Conservatives for Fairness letters (judicial nominations) - May 18, 2005; Nov. 11, 2005
 
 
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