Election 2016

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The Problems Plaguing Election Polls

Feb 6, 2016

The Problems Plaguing Election Polls

Feb 6, 2016

Des Moines Register

This week on Midwest Week - trying to make sense of this week's Iowa caucuses - the various interpretations of who might have won, and why anyone should care about the results.

Herb Trix's guest is Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register.You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK, Fridays at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the upcoming jobs report for January; and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins us to talk about growth for new businesses, and ABC's decision to not include her in Saturday's Republican debate. 

A group of voters talk in front of the Rock Island County building in October, 2014.
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Early voting for the Illinois primary election will begin Thursday, three days after the Iowa caucuses.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

More than 100 republicans showed up to caucus at a middle school in Davenport last night. For many, it was their first caucus ever, and quite a few said they switched parties since the 2008 election.

Sam Dunklau

Registered Democrats at a Davenport precinct gave Bernie Sanders a 3-2 victory last night. At the Precinct D-42 caucus, held at Williams Intermediate School, 83 supporters lined up for Sanders while 63 lined up for Hillary Clinton.

 But the caucus didn't start that way. A bit of haggling came first. 

For many, such as 18-year-old Duane Sleet, it was their first caucus.   

On the other hand, veteran caucus-goer Alicia Cheek was "firmly" undecided.

Even a busload of high school students from as far away as Northwest Indiana made the trip to observe a caucus.

WVIK Staff

In one democratic caucus Monday night, Bernie Sanders was an easy winner. At Central High School in Davenport, 96 people supported him while 42 chose Hillary Clinton.  

WVIK Staff

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz won a caucus in Davenport Monday night by just a single vote. At Davenport Central High School, 123 republicans voted for their favorite nominee. Cruz received 38, Marco Rubio came in second with 37, and Donald Trump received 19.

All the attention to the Iowa caucuses perhaps overshadowed the political money story of Monday —  the latest campaign fundraising numbers, filed by a January 31st deadline with the federal government.

The numbers are about what you'd expect if you've been following the campaign so far: Clinton and Sanders leading on the Democratic side, Rubio and Cruz for Republicans, with Donald Trump mostly using his own cash.

Just how much cash to keep on hand is a tricky balancing act for campaigns.

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