Howard County

Howard County, Iowa, has the distinction of being the only county in the U.S. that Barack Obama and Donald Trump won by more than 20 points each in 2012 and 2016. It is also one of 31 Iowa counties that voted for Obama in 2012 and for Trump last year. This rural county shares its border with Minnesota and has a population of fewer than 10,000 people, over 99 percent of whom are white.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans here, but many people feel the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left. Some Democrats were upset with the way Hillary Clinton won the nomination, and either sat out the election or voted for a third party candidate. 

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How Trump flipped this rural Iowa county by 42 points

Donald Trump promised residents from Howard County, Iowa, something Hillary Clinton could not: a break from the status quo.

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It’s still all about God and guns in the rural Midwest

Donald Trump clobbered Hillary Clinton in the Upper Mississippi River Valley for a straightforward reason

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Understanding Donald Trump voters

Pollsters and the media failed to understand what motivated Trump supporters because they drew conclusions based on superficial questions.

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For rural America, hunting is more than just the thrill of the chase

The image of rural hunters as backward people who get pleasure from killing defenseless animals and pillaging the environment could not be further from the truth

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