2020 was The States Project’s first election in Iowa. The top of the ticket went resoundingly for Donald Trump and Senator Joni Ernst, which deeply impacted our endorsees down-ballot. While TSP-endorsee Eric Gjerde successfully flipped his seat, a number of other candidates outperformed Biden or Ernst, but came up short.
In a year with record turnout, however, on average Iowa’s Democratic state legislative candidates in competitive districts outperformed Biden in Iowa by almost five percent, an impressive feat, given that candidates in state legislative races often do not have the same name recognition as candidates at the top of the ticket.
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