DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- In August, Politico named Scott County one of the top 25 battleground counties to watch this political season, and local officials agree.
“Iowa itself the state of Iowa is a battleground state,” said Toby Paone, The Scott County Democrats Vice Chair, “I think that’s a really refreshing thing about the Hawkeye State.”
Within Iowa, Scott County is the third largest and also one of the most important.
“Scott County is really a good microcosm I think of the United States,” said Paone. “It’s smack-dab in the middle of the country”
Scott County is rural and urban, Blue-collar and White-collar. Party lines between Democrats and Republicans are almost an even split, but Independent voters actually hold the most power.
“Independents are the highest voting block within that group,” said Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor.
There are about 40,000 registered democrats, around 35,000 registered republicans and almost 50,000 registered independents in Scott County.
“So both the Democrats and the Republicans are working hard to sway those voters over to their party,” said Judy Davidson, Scott County Republicans Chair.