Jan 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump rallies in Iowa: "If we don't win, your farms are going to hell"

In his final rally before the Iowa caucuses, President Trump greeted Iowans Thursday by saying: "If we don't win, your farms are going to hell, I can tell you right now."

Flashback: The U.S.-China trade war was estimated to have cost farmers roughly $1.7 billion in losses last year, as the government paid $973 million in aid to Iowa farmers.

Background: As Trump hits the campaign trail before the caucuses — which is the first real test of candidates' appeal to voters — three 2020 Democratic contenders are sitting in the Senate impeachment trial for Trump.

Go deeper: Health care and abortion are the top issues being searched in Iowa

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Health care and abortion are the top issues being searched in Iowa

Biden campaigns in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 29. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In Iowa over the past week, "abortion" and "health care" were the top searched issues in relation to all 2020 candidates that have qualified for the next Democratic debate, according to the latest Google Trends data.

Why it matters: Iowa's caucus-goers will set the first real test of candidates' appeal to voters in just five days. Winning a single pledged delegate from the caucuses will also allow any candidate to join the next debate.

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Trump's Iowa caucus

Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Jan. 30. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The star guest spotted at a Sheraton in Des Moines in recent days was Elizabeth Warren's golden retriever, Bailey. But in a conference room off the same hotel lobby, Trump campaign operatives have been quietly orchestrating a massive operation for tomorrow's Republican caucuses.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign is using Iowa as a testing ground for the rest of the campaign trail.

The Sanders surge shapes the Iowa caucuses

Data: Axios research; Note: (*) indicates a year where the majority was uncommitted; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders' momentum is shaping the final hours of the race to win tonight's Iowa caucuses, forcing his rivals to lower expectations and feeding the Democratic establishment's fears about what a Sanders victory could do to the party.

The state of play: Advisers to Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are already insisting that Iowa's not everything in advance of possible disappointments tonight. "We view Iowa as the beginning, not the end," Biden adviser Symone Sanders said Sunday.