Iowa Republicans are hoping a visit from former President Donald Trump will energize the party’s base in dark-red northwest Iowa and help drive turnout in critical midterm elections next week.
Trump is scheduled to touch down in Sioux City Thursday night for a pre-election rally with Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who are both on the ballot.
An October Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Reynolds handily leading her Democratic opponent, businesswoman Deidre DeJear. The same poll shows Grassley with his narrowest lead since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate and “squeaky tight” contests in two of four U.S. House districts.
Republicans are hoping for a “red wave” of enthusiasm and discontent with the party in power that could help them wipe the board of Democrats, lifting lesser-known down-ballot candidates such as Republican attorney general…