Home to the Iowa caucuses and a host of critical swing states, the Midwest is poised to play a defining role in the 2020 presidential election. Candidates and strategists are studying the region closely, using the latest polling data to plan campaign stops, fine-tune messaging, and capture the political mood. Will global trends and economic forces—tariffs, immigration, climate change—motivate voters, or will local concerns and controversies influence the result? One week after the Iowa caucuses, analysts from across the region convene to take the election-year pulse of the heartland.
Copies of Robert Leonard’s latest book Deep Midwest: Midwestern Explorations will be available for purchase and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.