DES MOINES, Iowa – Former President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Sioux City next week to stump for Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, whom he endorsed for re-election.
The rally will be at the Sioux City Gateway Airport at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 3. His stop in Sioux City marks Trump’s first trip back to Iowa in over a year when he held a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines last October.
“We are excited to welcome President Trump to Northwest Iowa – the land of faith, farming, and freedom,” Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said in a statement. “Iowans are ready for President Trump’s message of pushing back against the Democrat Party. Since Biden took office, he and the Democrat Party’s woke ideology have destroyed our economy, our energy independence, and our Southern Border. President Trump’s appearance in Northwest Iowa will energize our efforts to get out the vote on Election Day!”
Trump will visit Iowa after the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll showed that most Iowans hold an unfavorable view of the former president. They reported that the poll found 52 percent of Iowans hold a very or primarily unfavorable view, up from 45 percent in September of last year. In addition, Trump’s favorability rating dropped to 46 percent from 53 percent in September 2021. Republicans who view the former president favorably dropped from 91 percent to 83 percent.
However, in the same poll, 61 percent of Iowans say they disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance, while only 35 percent approve.
Trump defeated Biden in Iowa by 8.2 percent in 2020, winning the state for the second time after defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Reynolds currently leads her Democratic challenger, Deidre DeJear, by 17 points in the last three non-partisan polls conducted of the race. She has also outraised DeJear in the latest reporting period raising $2.2 million compared to DeJear’s $805,179.33. In addition, the incumbent governor has over $5.2 million cash on hand, while DeJear has just $503,314.54.
Grassley leads his Democratic challenger Mike Franken by a smaller margin. The Des Moines Register‘s latest poll of the U.S. Senate race in October had the 89-year-old incumbent leading by three points, down from eight in July. However, an Emerson College Poll conducted in October showed Grassley up by 11 points. Iowa’s U.S. Senate race has seen a lot of money pouring into the state, with both campaigns spending shy of $7 million as of September 30. Grassley reports $3.9 million in the bank, and Franken’s campaign reports just over $1.3 million.
Republicans have expanded their voter registration edge in the state since 2020. In October 2020, Republicans had just over 13,000 registered voters than Democrats. In October of this year, the Iowa Secretary of State’s office reported they hold an edge of just over 88,000 registered voters.