By BRENT MARTIN
St. Joseph Post
A crucial step toward the White House comes this evening as Iowa voters caucus as the 2020 presidential election official begins.
All eyes will be on the Democrats, as presidential aspirants vie for the nomination to run against President Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent.
KFEQ will carry the Radio Iowa coverage of the Iowa Caucus, beginning at 7:30 this evening.
Radio Iowa News Director, Kay Henderson, says former Vice President Joe Biden is counting on a victory in Iowa to propel him to the Democratic nomination for president.
“He’s a well-known commodity in Iowa and since the 1980s, he’s been keeping in touch with Iowa Democrats, many of whom are still supporting him and his bid for the White House,” Henderson tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline.
Henderson, notes though, that Biden is facing a crowded field and an uncertain outcome.
Public opinion polls indicate Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar all could do well in Iowa. Some polls indicate Sanders is making a late charge to overtake Biden.
Republicans will hold a secret ballot caucus in Iowa, with President Trump not expected to face any real challenge to securing the Republican nomination.
Henderson says Iowa has become the key to securing the Democratic nomination.
“Every Democratic nominee in this century has won the Iowa caucuses: Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.,” Henderson says.
As for impeachment, it doesn’t seem to be resonating among Iowa Democrats, according to Henderson.
“Iowa Democrats tell me they’ve been focused on choosing a nominee to go toe-to-toe with Trump in the general election on November 3rd,” Henderson says. “So, that’s been their focus rather than spending a lot of time focused on impeachment.”
Henderson says it is anybody’s guess which Democrat will emerge as the winner once the results come in.
KFEQ 680 AM, as well as 107.9 FM, will carry Radio Iowa’s coverage of the Iowa Caucus, beginning at 7:30 tonight with updates every 30 minutes.