A new Des Moines Register poll has Trump leading rival Biden by a mere point in the state of Iowa – 44% to 43%.
In 2016, President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Buckeye state by over 9%.
DesMoines Register reports four years after Republican Donald Trump decisively won Iowa and the presidency, the state appears to be a toss-up as he seeks re-election this November, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.
Trump carried Iowa by 9 percentage points in his 2016 contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton. But today, the Register’s Iowa Poll shows the president leading former Vice President Joe Biden by just 1 point — 44% to 43%.
The poll of 674 likely voters was conducted June 7-10 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
The results — which come in the midst of a pandemic and widespread civil unrest — are among a wave of polling that indicates an increasingly unstable electoral map for the president. States like Iowa that were expected to be safe territory for him after clear wins in 2016 now appear to be battlegrounds in 2020.
“I think it’s obviously nothing that Joe Biden should take for granted, because he’s not leading,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer. “But if the election were held today, Biden has a far better shot than anybody thought.”
The president’s re-election campaign booked more than $400,000 worth of television advertising in Iowa from early May to early June, according to the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics. During that same time frame, the Lincoln Project, which is airing ads against the president, booked about $150,000 worth of television time.