Turnout operations in 5 Iowa counties proved critical for Obama
President Barack Obama won Iowa by about 6 percentage points by matching or eclipsing his historic 2008 turnout numbers in five of Iowa’s biggest metropolitan counties.
Robust get-out-the-vote operations in Polk, Linn, Scott, Dubuque and Woodbury counties alone raked in about 73,000 more votes than Republican Mitt Romney, helping clinch Obama’s victory by nearly 87,000 votes statewide.
The Obama campaign had a huge analytics team in Chicago that sized up every voter in Iowa, said Jeff Link, a Democratic strategist from Des Moines and alumnus of the 2008 Obama team.
Aides then strategized how to encourage Iowans to vote, set goals and met those goals, Link said. At the same time, internal polling showed Obama up 6 to 8 percentage points in Iowa before the election, he said.