Howard County, Iowa, has the distinction of being the only county in the U.S. that Barack Obama and Donald Trump won by more than 20 points each in 2012 and 2016. It is also one of 31 Iowa counties that voted for Obama in 2012 and for Trump last year. This rural county shares a border with Minnesota and has a population of fewer than 10,000 people, over 99 percent of whom are white.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans here, but many people feel the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left. Some Democrats were upset with the way Hillary Clinton won the nomination and either sat out the election or voted for a third party candidate.