DES MOINES, Ia.–Iowa is important to another victory for both President Trump and the U.S. Senate, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence frequently tied Trump’s accomplishments to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. Ernst is in a tight race against Democrat Theresa Greenfield. That race could determine which party controls the Senate.
“She has been an unwavering ally of President Trump and the MAGA agenda,” Pence said of Ernst. “So right after you re-elect President Donald Trump for four more years we both need you to send Sen. Joni Ernst back to the United States Senate for six more years.”
By race, Iowa’s current pre-Election Day electorate is similar to this point in 2016, with White voters comprising the vast majority of early voters at 94%.
Iowa hasn’t seen as large a shift in age breakdown as some other states. Voters under 30 make up 10% of all early voters — up only three points from this time four years ago. Voters 30-64 are up five points from 42% of turnout at this point four years ago to 47% now. Voters 65 and older make up a smaller share of early voters than at this point four years ago.
As of Thursday, 851,103 people have already voted early in Iowa, either by mail or at an in-person early voting location. That number exceeds Iowa’s early vote in 2016 and is more than half of the 1.581 million total votes cast in the state in 2016.
Pence also spoke about the coronavirus response.
“We are on track to have the first coronavirus vaccine before the end of this year with millions of doses for the American people,” said Pence.
The GDP grew at an annualized rate of 33.1% over the summer and early fall in the third quarter. That’s the highest quarterly growth of all-time.
“The great American comeback is on!”, said Pence after reading off those numbers in Iowa.
He said President Trump will bring the economy back even more if Americans re-elect him.