The Republican Party took a slim lead in the Iowa State Fair’s “Cast Your Kernel” poll after the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates made their appearances at the event.
Over 66,000 kernels were cast for the two parties, with the Republicans taking the lead by just over 100 kernels. The near 50/50 split was the closest in the poll’s history.
The 24 Democratic candidates for president in the poll received 33,165 kernels compared to the two Republican candidates — President Donald Trump and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R) — who received 33,280 kernels combined.
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) led the Democratic pack, taking home 25 percent of the poll with 8,143 kernels. He was followed by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) with nearly 5,900 kernels and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with just over 5,000 kernels.
Of the two Republican candidates, the president received 97 percent of the kernels cast — raking in 32,375 — while Weld only brought in 905 kernels, or three percent of the votes cast.
The “Cast Your Kernel” poll saw its third-highest turnout ever.
Obama became the only Democrat to win the poll in 2008 when he defeated the late Senator John McCain (R-Az.) with 51 percent of the 48,865 kernels compared to the Arizona Republican’s 49 percent.
Additionally, Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) by a wide margin with 56 percent of the 69,598 kernels cast in 2016. The former secretary of state took home 44 percent of the vote.
Many of the candidates took shots at the president while stumping at the fair, with Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claiming that Trump has “hurt our economy.”
“This president has hurt farmers, this president has hurt our economy, this president has hurt working people,” said the New Jersey senator, who took in four percent of the kernels.
Iowa voters appear to be behind the president, however, with general election polls showing Trump beating the majority of the major 2020 Democratic candidates, outside of Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
As IJR Red previously reported, many Iowa farmers said they stood behind Trump even in the face of the trade war with China.