Weekend Events in Iowa Set Up Final Two Weeks of ’22 Campaign

(Radio Iowa) Events this past weekend have showcased the closing messages both political parties have for Iowa voters.

Governor Kim Reynolds spoke Saturday at a fundraiser hosted by fellow Republican Joni Ernst. Reynolds, who is up for reelection this year, made a pitch for all the Republicans running — and started at the top of the ticket.

“How lucky are we to have Senator Grassley representing us in the United States Senate?” Reynolds said, leading the applause. Senator Chuck Grassley, at the same event, emphasized the team concept, too.

“For the first time since 1956 the entire Iowa delegation to the congress can be Republican,” Grassley said. A week ago, a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll suggested Grassley’s in his toughest re-election campaign since 1980. Mike Franken, Grassley’s Democratic opponent, campaigned in six cities this weekend.

“I’m campaigning as if I would be 20 points behind or 20 points ahead. In boxing, be careful, you’re opponent’s still dangerous.” On Sunday, Deidre DeJear — the Democratic candidate for governor — urged a crowd of Democrats to get out of their comfort zones and go door-to-door to reach voters.

“Are you going to fight for freedom today?” DeJear asked. “That is what is at stake.” The third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House campaigned in Des Moines with DeJear and third district Congresswoman Cindy Axne. South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn says Democrats and President Biden were able to make some progress in the past two years, but the work isn’t done.

“If we sit this election out,” Clyburn said, “if we lose this election, the clock will once again get turned back.” Axne urged Democrats to step up and push back against Republicans.

“We only have two weeks left folks. We need you to put it all on the line, every single bit of it,” Axne said. “This all comes down to the ballot box.” Zach Nunn, the Republican running in the third district, didn’t mention Axne by name in remarks to hundreds of Republicans on Saturday, but instead, focused on G-O-P priorities like tax cuts.

“Team, we’ve got a great opportunity to do some incredible things in Washington,” Nunn said, “but it starts in Iowa.” Early voting in Iowa started last Wednesday. Absentee ballot request forms — for voting-by-mail — are due in county auditor’s at the close of business today (Monday). You may vote early in person at a county auditor’s office. Some counties have satellite voting centers operating in the lead-up to Election Day.