Gubernatorial primary likely Dems
There no presidential election this fall and your head probably isn spinning from political TV ads (yet), so you may have forgotten that the Iowa caucuses are this week.The publicity of a presidential race is two years away, but Democrats in Story County could have the opportunity to influence this year gubernatorial primary. For that reason, Jan Bauer, chair of the Story County Democrats, said she expected to see more attendance than the typical off year caucus.because each of the gubernatorial campaigns really seem geared up to turning out folks, she said.For Republicans members of the party that controls the legislative and executive branches at both the federal and state levels in Iowa the caucuses will likely entail low key business as usual in a non presidential year. Brett Barker, chair of the Story County Republican Party, said the focus would be on electing delegates and committee members while also voting on platform might not be much intrigue, but Barker said it still important. He said some Republican candidates and their representatives might be at some precinct locations to hand out campaign materials or gather signatures to get on the ballot. Some caucus goers might even see literature from President Donald Trump, who will be up for re election in 2020.be pretty standard for an off year caucus, Barker said.The Iowa primary elections are June 5, but some Democratic campaigns are trying to round up their support now in case their race is decided at the state or district conventions. That perhaps most likely for the gubernatorial primary. With seven candidates in the field, it possible the leading vote getter on June 5 doesn secure the more than 35 percent of the vote needed to win the Democratic nomination.If that happens, the nominee would be decided by a vote at the state convention. State convention delegates are elected at the county conventions, and county convention delegates are elected from each precinct on Monday. So a strong representation in county delegates elected Monday could benefit candidates this summer.Probably with that in mind, the John Norris and Andy McGuire campaigns hosted pre caucus events in the area Saturday.On Monday, precincts can divide into preference groups if at least 15 percent of the voters agree to do so. The groups can be based on issues, congressional candidates or gubernatorial candidates, but Bauer said she expects most divisions to be based on the gubernatorial race. (She noted the 4th District Congressional race is unlikely to go to convention. One of the four candidates is likely to secure the necessary 35 percent.)Precincts can divide only once on caucus night, and preference groups have to include at least 15 percent of the precinct to be considered viable, Bauer said. She said after dividing, the individual preference groups will then elect their representatives to the county conventions.