IOWA (KWQC) – Recent polls in Iowa show Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by 3 points.
In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the state of Iowa has gone blue.
Iowa Republican Chair Jeff Kaufmann says this is because many want to see change.
“You’ve got a candidate in Donald Trump that says ‘I get it and I’m going to do something about it,” says Kaufmann.
Scott County Republican chair Judy Davidson agrees, adding that voters are tired of the Obama administration.
“They want to see a shake up in Washington or as Mr.Trump would say ‘draining the swamp’,” says Davidson. “I do believe he’ll bring change to this country.”
In recent years, Democrats have had the upper-hand for early voting. However, Kaufmann believes more conservatives turn up at the polls on election day.
“That’s still a slightly Democratic stronghold, the early voting,” he explains. “On the other hand, I look for Tuesday for more Republicans to vote than democrats and it kind of evens itself out that way.”
Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine says there’s a reason more Democrats early vote.
“We work hard especially states with early votes,” says Kaine. “The more we get to early vote the better we’ll do.”
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack thinks in this election, Iowa’s six electoral votes could be a deciding factor.
“Iowans are practical,” says Vilsack. “I think Iowans also have a very keen appreciation for America’s place in the world. They recognize we are stronger together.”
Since 1988, Iowa has only gone red once in 2004 for President George W. Bush.