2020 Iowa Republican caucuses

The 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses took place on Monday, February 3, 2020, as the first caucus or primary in the Republican Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election.[2] The Iowa caucuses are a closed caucus, with Iowa awarding 40 pledged delegates to the Republican National Convention, allocated on the basis of the results of the caucuses. Incumbent president Donald Trump received about 97 percent of the vote to clinch 39 delegates, while Bill Weld received enough votes to clinch 1 delegate.

2020 Iowa Republican caucuses

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  Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg William Weld in 2016.jpg
Candidate Donald Trump Bill Weld
Home state Florida[1] Massachusetts
Delegate count 39 1
Popular vote 31,464 426
Percentage 97.1% 1.3%

  Donald Trump


Precinct caucuses were held on the evening of Monday, February 3, 2020, in order to directly allocate delegates to the Iowa Republican county conventions. Only registered Iowan Republicans were allowed to participate. These delegates were proportionally allocated to each candidate based on the statewide vote.[3]

The county conventions will subsequently be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, to choose delegates for both the Republican Congressional District conventions and the Iowa Republican state convention.[4] The congressional district conventions are then scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, to elect Iowa's 12 district delegates to the Republican National Convention. The Iowa Republican state convention on Saturday, June 13, 2020, will elect the rest of the state's delegates to the Republican National Convention.[3]


A number of Republican candidates had campaign events in the state during 2019 and January 2020, including Weld and Walsh attending Democratic forums.[5][6] Trump's campaign was active as well, having several surrogates attend events culminating in a rally in Des Moines attended by the president himself, on January 30.[7] Among the cities that Bill Weld campaigned in was Sioux City, where he presented himself as an alternative to Trump on a variety of issues, ranging from economic conservatism to climate change.[8]

The Trump campaign used the caucus as a "scrimmage" in order to test out get out the vote techniques and other improved methods and political marketing.[9]



Counties won by these popular vote results:
Congressional districts won by these popular vote results:
2020 Iowa Republican caucuses[3][10]
Candidate Votes % Estimated
Donald Trump 31,464 97.1 39
William Weld 426 1.3 1
Joe Walsh 348 1.1 0
Other 151 0.5 0
Total 32,389 100% 40


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  2. ^ Forgey, Quint (February 3, 2020). "Trump wins Iowa GOP caucuses". Politico. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Iowa Republican Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Iowa GOP defends holding caucuses in 2020 as some state Republican parties cancel primaries", CBS News, November 19, 2020, retrieved February 3, 2020
  5. ^ Narayanan, Rohan (November 23, 2019). "2020 Candidates Address Local Leaders". CitiesSpeak.
  6. ^ Graham Ambrose. "Davenport forum puts full spectrum of 2020 candidates on stage". Quad-City Times.
  7. ^ Lizza, Ryan (January 31, 2020). "The unexpected joy at a Trump rally in Iowa". Politico. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Peikes, Katie. "Republican Presidential Candidate Bill Weld Campaigns In Sioux City". Iowa Public Radio. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Mario Parker (January 31, 2020). "Trump Tests Re-Election Ground Game With Blitz on Iowa Caucus". Bloomberg News. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Live Results:Iowa Republican Caucuses". The New York Times. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2020.