Campaign 2016: Report From Iowa

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Caucus Results: Listen to NPR Coverage from Iowa Monday, 2/1/16 at 9 p.m. on VPR.

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In a photo finish early Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party declared Hillary Clinton the winner in Monday's Iowa Caucus. She edged out Sen. Bernie Sanders by a mere fraction of a percent, 49.9 percent to 49.6 percent, in what NPR calls "the thinnest of margins in the closest Democratic contest ever." And Sanders’ supporters say a tie is as good as a win for the Vermont senator. 

Dave Weaver / AP

"Tonight is a victory for the grassroots," Sen. Cruz said after the caucuses, which saw record-shattering turnout from Republicans. Follow NPR's politics team for more news and images from Iowa.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

With fewer than 12 hours to go until the Iowa caucuses, polls show an extremely tight Democratic race, with Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by a few percentage points. But polls can’t precisely predict who will actually show up to caucus, or what their final decision will be after the persuasive discussions on the caucus floor.

Iowa Dispatch: VPR’s Notes From The Field

Jan 31, 2016
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Follow along as VPR reporters share photos, sound and observations from the ground in Iowa ahead of the caucus on Feb. 1.

Dave Weaver / AP

  We are awash in political polls that gauge support for the presidential candidates of both parties. Depending on how a given poll was conducted, you'll get wildly different stories on who’s ahead, among whom, and by how much. But do these polls matter?

Patti Daniels / VPR

Vermonters have a lot of questions about Iowa. When we asked you, our audience, what you wanted to know ahead of our trip to the Hawkeye State, you sent more than 100 questions via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Since launching his candidacy for president last May, Sen. Bernie Sanders has watched his poll numbers explode. But Hillary Clinton continues to hold a major advantage with the black and Latino voters that will be key to winning the Democratic nomination. Sanders says he’s convinced he can close that gap.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

“One person, one vote” is the doctrine that governs elections in the United States. But for political campaigns, not all voters are created equal. 

Presidential candidates in Iowa are counting on the multiplier effect of their most devoted supporters. And retired farmer Larry Ginter is working hard to get out the vote for Bernie Sanders.  

Taylor Dobbs/Angela Evancie

When we asked our audience (that's you) for questions about the Iowa caucuses, a lot of people were curious about the unorthodox process of caucusing.

Patti Daniels / VPR

This week, VPR's Report from Iowa has been exploring how caucus-goers in that state are weighing which presidential candidate they're going to support - in particular in the Democratic race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Earlier this month, no less an authority than TeenVogue declared that Bernie Sanders is “killin' it” with millennials.

Patrick Semansky / AP

If you’re feeling ignored by presidential candidates, consider moving to Iowa. Caucus-goers in the nation’s first presidential contest have become accustomed to being wooed.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

In one week, caucus-goers in Iowa will give a giant lift to the presidential hopes of one Democrat and one Republican. Recent polls show Vermont senator Bernie Sanders running neck and neck with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

On Saturday, Sanders took that momentum with him to a rally in Clinton, Iowa.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

With nine days remaining until the critical Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to the Hawkeye State on Saturday in search of the delegates he’ll need to win the nation’s first presidential primary.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

DES MOINES – About a year and a half ago, months before he would announce his candidacy for president of the United States, Bernie Sanders addressed a small group of political activists, labor leaders and other organizers at a private meeting in Iowa City.

Patti Daniels / VPR

VPR reporters and producers are currently in Iowa in advance of the state caucuses. The team will be reporting from the Hawkeye State, talking with voters and volunteers.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

IOWA CITY – “I don’t think there’s a woman more confident than Hillary Clinton!” pop star Demi Lovato told a packed ballroom at the University of Iowa after she performed her single “Confident” at a Clinton campaign stop Thursday evening.

Andrew Harnik / AP

With just 12 days before the Iowa caucuses, the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is ramping up its voter turnout efforts throughout the state. And Sanders has embarked on a bus tour to visit the more rural parts of Iowa.

VPR Is Going To Iowa. What Do You Want To Know?

Jan 15, 2016
Andrew Harnik / AP

VPR News is sending a team of reporters to Iowa in advance of the state caucuses. We'll be talking to voters and volunteers – but before we leave, we want to hear from you.

What do you want to know about Iowa, its people or what goes on before the caucus? Share your question, and we may answer it as a part of our coverage.