Iowa GOP highlights increase in Republican voters
May 2nd, 2012
10:33 AM ET
6 years ago

Iowa GOP highlights increase in Republican voters

(CNN) - The Iowa GOP's touting new voter identification numbers that indicate there are now more registered Republicans than Democrats in the Hawkeye State, a crucial battleground state in November's presidential election. But Iowa Democrats say it's inappropriate for state Republicans to highlight the new numbers.

According to voter registration numbers released Tuesday by the Iowa Secretary of State's office, there are now 608,096 Republicans registered in the state, compared to 599,225 registered Democrats. According to state officials, 669,996 voters are not registered with either the Democratic or Republican parties meaning they're independent voters.

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In a release Wednesday, the Republican Party of Iowa highlighted that the 8,000 voter advantage for the GOP is an increase from a 4,000 vote gap the prior month, and that it's the first time there have been more registered Republicans than Democrats in Iowa since 2006.

"The Republican Party of Iowa's ideals of individual liberty and lower taxes are clearly resonating with Iowans. We will continue to reach out to voters all across Iowa in the months ahead and I am confident that we will be able to grow our Party even more in the lead up to the general election," said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker in a statement.

But the Iowa Democratic Party says it's inappropriate for their GOP counterparts to crow about the new figures, pointing out that the month by month numbers from the state indicate that each party is actually losing registered voters due to a voter maintenance effort by the secretary of state's office. And they add that even after the highly contested Republican caucuses in early January, Democrats maintained a voter registration edge, and point out that 25,000 people attended the Democratic caucuses, even though President Barack Obama was basically unopposed.

"No matter what the voter registration numbers are in the state, Iowans are rejecting Mitt Romney's economic scheme that will hurt the middle class," Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach told CNN.

Besides being the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, Iowa's also a battleground, or swing state, which both parties heavily contest in presidential elections.

Vice President Al Gore narrowly carried the state over Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the 2000 election, with President George W. Bush edging out Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 contest. Sen. Barack Obama won the state by 10 points over Sen. John McCain four years ago, but Republicans captured the governor's office in the 2010 midterm elections.

The president has visited Iowa five times since formally kicking off his re-election bid in April of last year.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Ah, but will those Republicans vote for a guy they don't like very much?

    In any case, the Democratic Party in Iowa had better wake up.

    May 2, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    "check the cemetaries and prison lists" say the GOP. Wonder how they got all these "new" republican voters?????

    May 2, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Iowa also announced that Mitt Romney won the Iowa primary. But wait! Wasn't it Rick Santorum who won the Iowa primary? Well, until Iowa finally announced recently that Ron Paul is the candidate who (really) won the Iowa primary after all.

    All in all, Iowa's GOP has a credibility problem. Not to say Ron Paul hasn't gotten the "get out the vote" totals to go up. He probably has.

    May 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Sniffit

    And 90% of TX's population growth over the decade from 2000-2010 was from hispanic population growth and caused TX to turn decidedly purple whle earning more seats in the House. Guess who they vote for? Iowa has 6 electoral votes (it lost one during that same census). TX has 38 electoral votes.

    2 + 2 = fabricated freakout over imaginary voter fraud, voter ID laws intended to suppress youth, minority and elderly voters and blatantly racist redistricting in TX and elsewhere intended to minimize minority population growth's effect. I suppose now we can add "celebrating victory when it works as intended and creates a perceived shift towards the GOP in registered voters."

    May 2, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Is Mitt a Git?

    Not worth mentioning–since democrats and independents will outnumber republicans. I guess Iowa forgot about the independents.

    May 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Is Iowa still a state?? Isn't that where bitchmann defected to from mn.?? By the way, good luck getting realected in your new district manchell .

    May 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Bobby

    I wonder why the republicans had such low voter turnout in the republican caucuses back in January then....

    May 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republicans are probably trying to rig the vote again like they did to the pop Rick in the primary!!!

    May 2, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |

    From looking at the republican primary in Iowa, I think it's safe to say that there are strong divisions within the party. Let's not forget that Ayatollah antorum pulled out the win there. I don't see how those far right teavangelicals will end up voting for mormon Mitt.

    May 2, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Lolo

    Great news, now let's see how many will be voting republican. The writing is on the wall that Mittens does not have what it takes to lead the free world. He can not make a descision on his own, nor can he relate to people. Like Jimmy Kimmel said last night when Ann was hugging and pulling on him during their interview with GMA he was stiff as a board even around his own wife. This man is nothing but a corporate raider and that is all that he knows or cares about.

    May 2, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Woman In California

    I'm sure the good people of Iowa will come to their senses BEFORE it's too late. I can't see them supporting Willard as they know he cares nothing for them.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way!

    May 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Ruth

    Obama will not win Iowa this time. The GOP is not going to have any problems getting very high voter turnout to get rid of Obama.

    May 2, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. luke,az

    Too bad the Republicans don't have anyone they can rally around. Willard Robme is not inspiring. Robme is at best a mediocre manager.

    May 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. vote_them_out

    wait until the November 6th, you will see a landslide of Republican voters.

    May 2, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    The president has visited Iowa five times since formally kicking off his re-election bid in April of last year.
    So Obama won Iowa over McCain by 10 points in 2008 yet now there are 8,000 more registered Republican Iowa voters that registered Democratic Iowa voters. This is a battleground state that clearly Republicans have captured. Iowans are smart voters and apparently not impressed by Air Force One.

    May 2, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Greg in Arkansas

    "The Republican Party of Iowa's ideals of individual liberty..." ...except when it involves things like women's health care, birth control, sexual orientation or gay rights........not so much

    May 2, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. MaryM

    lol, good luck with trying to get the flip flop Mitt elected. To all you Repubs out there, You do know that Mitt has hired Bush advisors. Dont you? We all know how well that worked out for Americas economy.

    May 2, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. SoSad

    That's great, however, half of those republicans will not vote for Romney a NON-CHRISTIAN!

    May 2, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Iowa GOP highlights increase in Republican voters

    Thank you Obama, Reid and Pelosi!!!! We couldn't have done it without your far left political agenda being forced down the throats of the American people!! November can't get here fast enough.

    May 2, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. CanadaONE

    Be Carefull!
    To go after Bin Lauden – Romney would have had to ask the Mormon church – THIS is VERY DANGEROUS – the USA can be on the BRING of DISASTER – be careful Iowa DO NOT BE THE STATE THAT DESTROYED AMERICA

    from an objective Canadian

    May 2, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    SoSad - That's great, however, half of those republicans will not vote for Romney a NON-CHRISTIAN!
    I love it. Keep believing this insanity. Republicans will vote for Romney to save this country from another four years of the Obama disaster. They love this country and will not sit idly by and watch it bankrupted and destroyed.

    May 2, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. fayse

    I have a few questions. Why is it that the cameras never show the size of the crowds when Romney speaks? Could it be for the same reasonds that they "dimmed" the lights when John McCain addressed an audience? Why is it that the news programs never commented on the low voter turnout during the recent primaries? Just asking.

    May 2, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP spread the same propaganda in 2008.

    May 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Tired of the republican lies

    With any luck...It might change by the summer...Dem registrations bypassing.

    May 2, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Claudia, Houston, Tx - The GOP spread the same propaganda in 2008
    Absolutely... it's all propaganda. Nothing to worry about at all. Americans just LOVE Obama and his far left agenda. He'll take Iowa by 20 points. Oh yeah, Democrats were also going to hold the House in 2010. How'd that work out for you? All propaganda there too huh? Hey look, time for more of your koolaide!! Drink up! Enjoy!! See you in November.

    May 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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