Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cedar Rapids, IA on July 28, 2016. Photo credit: Max Goldberg, Iowa State Daily, cropped from original (CC-By-3.0)
Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cedar Rapids, IA on July 28, 2016.
Photo credit: Max Goldberg, Iowa State Daily, cropped from original (CC-By-3.0)

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced that they would have over 80 surrogates in Iowa on Monday night for the caucuses. The list consists of key people from his administration, Trump’s family, governors, and members of Congress, Iowa elected officials, and Trump campaign advisors. These surrogates will speak at different precinct caucuses across the state.

I believe this is a larger group of surrogates than what he had in 2016. Which isn’t saying much considering I wasn’t impressed by his level of organization and why I thought U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was going to win the Iowa Caucus, not Trump, even though he led in the polls. Organization makes a HUGE difference in Iowa with caucuses since you have to turn people out to a specific location at a specific time instead of getting them to a polling location that is open all day.

While Trump has two challengers, no one is expecting the outcome to be even remotely close. In fact, no one has bothered to conduct any polling in Iowa for the Republican caucuses as a result. I think having this amount of surrogates come to the state is about driving turnout to the Republican caucuses that is ordinarily down when ever either party has an incumbent running fo re-election.

It also takes some media attention away from the Democratic caucuses (albeit probably not much).

Also, keep in mind that caucuses are not just about the presidential preference poll, but also times when precinct caucuses elect representatives to county central committees, select delegates for the county conventions, and submit planks for the party platform.

Here are the list of some of the surrogates and the locations they will be at:

Donald Trump Jr.
City Church of Ames
2400 Oakwood Rd., Ames, IA 50014

Eric Trump
Lakewood Elementary School
9210 Happy Hollow Dr., Norwalk, IA 50211

Lara Trump, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor
Northview Middle School
1302 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023

Kimberly Guilfoyle, National Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee and Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor
Community Heights Alliance Church
2500 S. 13th Ave. E., Newton, IA 50208

Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 Campaign Manager
Walnut Hills Elementary
4240 156th St., Urbandale, IA 50323

Governor Kim Reynolds (IA)
Clarke Community Elementary School
420 E. Jefferson St., Osceola, IA 50213

The Honorable David Bernhardt
Bondurant High School
1000 Grant St. N., Bondurant, IA 50035

The Honorable Wilbur Ross
Carpenters Hall
1215 Court Ave., Chariton, IA 50049

The Honorable Ben Carson
Living Faith Lutheran Church
2180 NW 142nd St., Clive, IA 50325

The Honorable Betsy DeVos
Butcher Block Steakhouse
568 Boyson Rd. NE Ste. 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney
Waukee Elementary School
850 6th St., Waukee, IA 50263

The Honorable Jovita Carranza
Summit Middle School
9500 Windsor Pkwy., Johnston, IA 50131

The Honorable Brooke Rollins
Central Campus
1800 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

The Honorable Paula White
West Elementary School (Cafeteria)
1400 W. Broadway St., Polk City, IA 50226

The Honorable Doug Hoelscher
Trinity Lutheran Church
1629 Dewitt St., Ellsworth, IA 50075

Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry 
Winterset High School
624 Husky Dr., Winterset, IA 50273

Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker 
Centerville High School
600 CHS Dr., Centerville, IA 52544

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) 
North Ridge Elementary School (Cafeteria)
400 NW 27th St., Grimes, IA 50111

Governor Mike Parson (MO)
Quality Inn and Suites
6169 Reve Ct., Fort Madison, IA 52627

Governor Pete Ricketts (NE)
College View Elementary
1225 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Governor Doug Burgum (ND)
North High School
4200 Cheyenne Blvd., Sioux City, IA 51104

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez (FL) 
Madison Elementary
950 E. University St., Pella, IA 50219

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (TX)
Grant Ragan Elementary
645 NE Dartmoor Dr., Waukee, IA 50263

Congressman Steve Scalise (LA), House Republican Whip
Urbandale High School
7111 Aurora Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY), House Republican Conference Chair
Grant Elementary School
520 S. Clinton St., Albia, IA 52531

Congressman Tom Emmer (MN), NRCC Chairman
Marshalltown High School – Auditorium
1602 S. 2nd Ave., Marshalltown, IA 50158

Congressman Kevin Brady (TX)
Woodside Middle School (Cafeteria)
5810 NE 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50313

Congressman Jim Jordan (OH) 
Maple Grove Elementary
1455 98th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266

Congressman Rodney Davis (IL)
Experience Church
3800 E. Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317

Congressman Mark Meadows (NC) 
Hampton-Dumont High School
601 12th Ave. NW, Hampton, IA 50441

Congressman Jason Smith (MO) 
Washington Elementary School
1406 N. Grand Ave., Charles City, IA 50616

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY) 
South Central Calhoun Middle School
1000 Tonawanda St., Rockwell City, IA 50579

Congressman Don Bacon (NE)
Thomas Jefferson High School
2501 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL) 
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
5001 Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310

Congressman Greg Pence (IN) 
Pleasantville Baptist Church
430 IA-92, Pleasantville, IA 50225

Former Congressman Rod Blum (IA)
Eisenhower Elementary School
3170 Spring Valley Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jerry Behn (IA)
Madrid Elementary School
213 W. 1st St., Madrid, IA 50156

State House Speaker Pro Tempore John Willis (IA)
Arrowwood Resort & Convention Center — The “Wimbledon Room”
1405 US-71, Okoboji, IA 51355

State Sen. Jim Carlin (IA)
Sgt. Bluff Community Center
903 Topaz Dr., Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054

State Sen. Tom Greene (IA)
Heritage Church
1126 Locust St., Burlington, IA 52601

State Sen. Craig Johnson (IA)
Independence JR/SR High School
700 20th Ave. SW, Independence, IA 50644

State Sen. Carrie Koelker (IA)
Beckman High School
1325 9th St. SE, Dyersville, IA 52040

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink (IA)
Decker Auditorium
1 Triton Cir., Fort Dodge, IA 50501

State Sen. Mark Lofgren (IA)
Muscatine High School
2705 Cedar St., Muscatine, IA 52761

State Sen. Tom Shipley (IA)
Corning Community Center (City Hall)
601 6th St., Corning, IA 50841

State Rep. Cecil Dolecheck (IA)
Mount Ayr High School
1001 E. Columbus St., Mount Ayr, IA 50854

State Rep. Gary Carlson (IA)
Muscatine High School
2705 Cedar St., Muscatine, IA 52761

State Rep. Dean Fisher (IA)
Toledo Reining Center
1007 S. Prospect Dr., Toledo, IA 52342

State Rep. Tom Gerhold (IA)
Atkins Legion Hall
89 Main Ave., Atkins, IA 52206

State Rep. Stan Gustafon (IA)
Winterset Middle School
706 W. School St., Winterset, IA 50273

State Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA)
Marion High School
675 S. 15th St., Marion, IA 52302

State Rep. Steve Holt (IA)
Denison Middle School
1201 N. 16th St., Denison, IA 51442

State Rep. David Kerr (IA)
Morning Sun Community Center
106 N. Main St., Morning Sun, IA 52640

State Rep. Brian Lohse (IA)
Bondurant High School (Library)
1000 Grant St. N., Bondurant, IA 50035

State Rep. Dave Maxwell (IA)
Deep River Legion Hall
305 Main St., Deep River, IA 52222

State Rep. Ann Meyer (IA)
Decker Auditorium
1 Triton Cir., Fort Dodge, IA 50501

State Rep. Joe Mitchell (IA)
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
309 N. Main St., Mt Pleasant, IA 52641

State Rep. Norlin Mommsen (IA)
Dewitt Central High School
519 E. 11th St., DeWitt, IA 52742

State Rep. Sandy Salmon (IA)
Antique Acres
7610 Waverly Rd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

State Rep. David Sieck (IA)
East Mills Elementary School
58962 380th St., Hastings, IA 51540

State Rep. Phil Thompson (IA)
Clover 4H Building Greene County Fairgrounds
601 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA 50129

State Rep. Gary Worthan (IA)
Trinity Lutheran Church
401 W. 2nd St., Alta, IA 51002

Todd Ricketts, Republican National Committee Finance Chairman 
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
625 S. 35th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265

Corey Lewandowski, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor and Trump 2016 Campaign Manager 
Panorama Elementary
401 Panther Dr., Panora, IA 50028

Katrina Pierson, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor
Carlisle Elementary (Multi-Purpose Room)
430 School St., Carlisle, IA 50047

Mercedes Schlapp, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor of Strategic Communications and Former White House Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications
Nevada Baptist Church
210 W. 3rd St., Nevada, IA 50201

John Pence, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor
DMACC Boone Campus Gymnasium
1125 Hancock Dr., Boone, IA 50036

Chris Carr, Trump 2020 Campaign Political Director
Crestview Elementary School
8355 N. Franklin Ave., Clive, IA 50325

Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 Campaign Communications Director
Marion High School
675 S. 15th St., Marion, IA 52302

Kayleigh McEnany, Trump 2020 Campaign National Press Secretary
Brody Middle School
2501 Park Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321

Marc Lotter, Trump 2020 Campaign Director of Strategic Communications
Holmes Jr. High School
505 Holmes Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

David Urban, Trump 2016 Campaign Senior Advisor
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310

David Bossie, Trump 2016 Deputy Campaign Manager
Studebaker Elementary School 
300 County Line Rd., Des Moines, IA 50320

Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State, Advisory Board Member of Black Voices for Trump and Pro-Life Voices for Trump
Clear Lake High School
125 N. 20th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428

Ralph Reed, Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, Advisory Board Member of Pro-Life Voices for Trump 
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
309 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), Advisory Board member of Women for Trump and Pro-Life Voices for Trump
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
7075 Ashworth Rd., West Des Moines, IA 50266

Nancy Schulze, Founder of the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers, Advisory Board Member of Women for Trump
Vinton Middle School – Library
212 W. 15th St., Vinton, IA 52349

Jessie Jane Duff, Co-Chair of Veterans for Trump, Advisory Board Member of Women for Trump
The Centre Hall
1211 4th St. SW, Waverly, IA 50677

Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University
Denison Middle School
1201 N. 16th St., Denison, IA 51442

Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union
Veterans Memorial Hall
1104 Morningview Dr., Harlan, IA 51537

Mike Lindell, Inventor and CEO of My Pillow, Inc.
Davis County Middle School
500 E. North St., Bloomfield, IA 52537

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