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The Iowa Democratic Party ushered in the first presidential caucus in 1972. The Republican Party of Iowa jumped on the bandwagon four years later. With their Feb. 3, 2020, debacle, which has provided national pundits plenty of fodder for ridicule, the Democrats hosted their last presidential caucus. And so will have the Republicans.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Monday she expects a tough reelection challenge but believes she has a strong record bolstered by the fact she will share the ballot with Republican President Donald Trump for this November’s general election in Iowa.