Palgrave Studies in US Elections

From the Iowa Caucuses to the White House

Understanding Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral Victory in Iowa

Authors: Green, Andrew

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  • Provides detailed examination of Trump’s 2016 electoral victory in Iowa grounded in the literature on presidential elections and the 2016 presidential election
  • Utilizes a mixed methods approach including quantitative modelling of county- and individual-level data, and qualitative descriptive analysis using a series of interviews and surveys of state and local party leaders
  • As a part of a larger state by state election series, this volume helps to promote a greater understanding of campaign and candidate dynamics, electoral politics, and how they vary from state to state, including in swing states like Iowa
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Donald Trump won a significant victory in Iowa in 2016. Although Iowa was carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Trump won the popular vote in 93 of its 99 counties, 32 of which were carried by Obama in 2012. What explains this significant victory, in which a third of Iowa’s counties were flipped? Through a mixed-methods approach, this volume demonstrates that Trump’s electoral victory was shaped by three key factors: firstly, the electorate’s desire for “change” in Washington, D.C.; secondly, Trump’s successful appeals to both the Republican base and white, working-class voters who had previously supported Barack Obama; and thirdly, Iowa’s conservative ideological tendency regarding immigration and race. While contributing to emerging literature on the 2016 presidential elections, this book also serves to aid educators with a published resource on Iowa's electoral politics.

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Andrew D. Green is Professor of Political Science at Central College in Pella, IA, USA.

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“We can finally stop all the speculation surrounding Donald Trump’s surprise victory in Iowa in 2016. Andrew Green’s insightful new book provides the first systematic and, importantly, data-driven look as to how Iowa, a state that twice voted for Obama, overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Anyone interested in understanding the shifting dynamics of presidential politics, where to look for answers in 2020, or why Iowa should still be considered a swing state needs to read this book.” (Christopher W. Larimer, Professor of Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, USA)

“Theories about why Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election are common. In this book about the election in Iowa, Andrew Green brings evidence to the question. His in-depth analysis explores some of the common themes associated with the election, including change and the urban-rural divide, in order to explain the political conditions and campaign choices that led to a Trump victory.” (Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University, USA)

“In this impressive volume, Andrew Green takes a deep dive into Iowa’s pivot to Trump in 2016.  After detailing the enormity of the change, Green unpacks perspectives among Iowan political elites for local knowledge to inform plausible accounts on what happened, and then brings a series of regression analyses to bear in testing these accounts with county-wide and a sample of individual voters.  The result is the definitive study of the Trump surprise – in a state going for Democrats in six of the last seven presidential elections.” (Dan Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Wartburg College, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • The 2016 Election in Iowa: An Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    Green, Andrew D.

  • Viewing the 2016 Presidential Campaign Through the Lens of Iowa Political Elites

    Pages 19-55

    Green, Andrew D.

  • Building a Winning Coalition: Understanding County-Level Support for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election

    Pages 57-90

    Green, Andrew D.

  • Explaining Vote Choice in 2016: How the Attitudinal Characteristics of Iowans Shaped the Vote for Donald Trump

    Pages 91-119

    Green, Andrew D.

  • How Does 2016 Inform 2020 in Iowa?

    Pages 121-136

    Green, Andrew D.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From the Iowa Caucuses to the White House
Book Subtitle
Understanding Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral Victory in Iowa
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in US Elections
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22499-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22499-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22498-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 144
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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