Howard County, IA

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.

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Trump Rally Oct 2018
Howard County Fair, Iowa
Watching the SOTU in Howard County
Howard County Democratic Party leader Laura Hubka
Pheasant Hunting Iowa Opener
Howard County Democratic Party leader Laura Hubka
Howard County, Iowa
County Fair Cresco Iowa

Videos

Michael Gooder Pheasant Opener
November 17, 2017

We Are About the Circle of Nature’: An Iowa Hunter Explains Rural America’s Love of Hunting

There are many misconceptions surrounding gun ownership and hunting, Michael Gooder says on the occasion of his family’s annual “Pheasant Opener.”

Publication: The Washington Examiner

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Howard County

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Two Iowa Neighbors
August 14, 2017

Two Iowa Neighbors, a Progressive and a Conservative, Find Something to Agree On

Todd Mensink voted for Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses and for Jill Stein in the general election. His neighbor Chris Chilson calls himself a constitutional conservative and voted for Donald Trump. Both men agree on one thing: the need for a more civil discussion of politics.

Publication: The Washington Examiner

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Howard County

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Sandy Chilson of Howard County, Iowa
August 11, 2017

‘Tell Your Daughter, You Don’t Always Win’

Sandy Chilson’s response to some of her friends’ over-the-top reactions to Hillary Clinton’s election loss. Some of them cried and wondered what they were going to tell their daughters the morning after the election.

Publication: The Washington Examiner

COUNTY:
Howard County

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Laura Hubka Howard County Democrat
August 9, 2017

An Iowa Democrat Tells the Party What It Must Do To Win Again in the Rural Midwest

Laura Hubka, who heads the Howard County Democrats, talks about what Democrats must do to be relevant again in the rural Midwest.

Publication: The Washington Examiner

COUNTY:
Howard County

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A Trump Rally
August 4, 2017

What it’s like to attend a President Trump rally

Stadium rallies played an important role in Donald Trump’s campaign for president. They gave Trump the chance to hold court and bask in the glow of an audience of admirers. And they gave his supporters a chance to feel the sense of solidarity that only being around like-minded people can bring.

Publication: The Washington Examiner

COUNTY:
Howard County

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Iowa County Fair Mighty Howard
August 2, 2017

Mighty Howard County Fair Attendees Explain How They Think Trump Flipped the Iowa County by 42 Points

Howard County, Iowa, puts on one of the largest and best county fairs in the region. So Daniel and Jordan Allott thought it would be the ideal place to ask people how a county that voted for Barack Obama in 2012 flipped for Donald Trump in 2016.

Publication: The Washington Examiner

COUNTY:
Howard County

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People of Trump's America