Andrew Green, professor of political science at Central College, will present “From the Iowa Caucuses to the White House: Understanding Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral Victory in Iowa” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the Boat/Moore rooms of Maytag Student Center.
The presentation is the second of five in the college’s 2019-20 Faculty Lecture Series with a focus on civic engagement. It is free and open to the public.
Although Iowa was carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Trump won the popular vote in 2016 in 93 of the state’s 99 counties, 32 of which were carried by Obama in 2012.
Trump’s electoral victory was shaped by three key factors: the electorate’s desire for “change” in Washington, D.C.; Trump’s successful appeals to both the Republican base and white, hard-working voters who had previously supported Obama; and Iowa conservative ideological tendency regarding immigration and race.
Green wrote a book of the same name – “From the Iowa Caucuses to the White House: Understanding Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral Victory in Iowa” – and is an expert in American politics and policy, political behavior, and state and local politics. Green has taught at Central since 2005.