Iowa doors open for Republicans eyeing White House


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina greets supporters during a June 9 event at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids. The event featured a panel discussion with Scott and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, hosted by Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann. (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette)

Polls for Iowa’s primary election were closed less than 48 hours when South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was shaking hands and posing for pictures with Eastern Iowa Republicans at a Cedar Rapids country club this month.

Scott, one of the many Republicans testing their presidential viability, hardly has the state to himself.

At least a half-dozen GOP presidential prospects are planning Iowa visits this summer, forays that are advertised as promoting candidates and the…

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