Is Iowa Getting Redder?

MOLINE, Illinois - Iowa might become less of a "swing state".

"Right now, the mood of the state, we're pretty deep red."

Iowa Republican chairman Jeff Kaufmann joined us for a live interview on News 8 at 6.  He says the state is becoming more reliably Republican, or red, than Democratic blue during the past few election cycles.

"I wouldn't say we're solid red, obviously, because if you look at our voting registration we're still "purple".

But Kaufmann points to Republicans winning control of the Iowa Senate on Election Night plus holding on to control of the Iowa House, the Governor's mansion, both U.S. Senate seats, and a majority of Iowa's U.S. House seats.

And Trump held strong in Iowa, re-affirming pre-election polls that indicated he would win the state's six Electoral College votes.

Trump earned 52% of the Iowa vote, Hillary Clinton was backed by 42% of Iowa voters.

It's the first time Iowa voted for a Republican president since 2004.

In extreme northwest Iowa, Lyon County proved to be the most Republican in the state giving Trump an 82%-14% victory.

But that Republican dominance could be a detriment to the Iowa Caucuses.  Democrats may be less likely to support the state's first in the nation status.

Kaufmann doesn't see it that way saying 2016's Democratic Caucus was competitive with Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders by just a fraction of a percentage point.

And, he says, the top Republican has assured him of the Iowa Caucus' future.

"Donald Trump has looked me right in the eye and told me that he will absolutely support Iowa as a first in the nation caucus state," said Kaufmann.