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What's The Frequency: Iowa journalists recount coverage of candidates leading up to caucuses, the results and what lies ahead

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What's The Frequency is the weekly KWIT show by reporter Bret Hayworth.

Welcome to What’s The Frequency, in this edition, we highlight the important political event that makes Iowa the focus point of the nation and world early in every fourth year.

I’m referencing the Iowa Caucuses, the first state contest in the process by which the national Republican and Democratic parties select their presidential nominees for the November election.

It was a bountiful evening for former President Donald Trump in Sioux City precincts of the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening, as he got substantial support in Woodbury County, and the entire state overwhelmingly went into the win column for him.

Trump got 51 percent of the votes in Iowa, with 56,260 overall, while Ron DeSantis received 21 percent of the vote and Nikki Haley had 19 percent. Also, Trump won 98 out of the 99 counties in Iowa.

Now with the caucuses over, we gather some perspectives on What’s The Frequency from two seasoned journalists with years of caucus coverage. This episode includes a conversation with Erin Murphy, Des Moines Bureau Chief for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, and Art Cullen, who heads up the news coverage at The Storm Lake Times Pilot, a newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize a few years ago.

Cullen said Iowa Republicans greatly embrace the messianic message that Trump provides, and both Cullen and Murphy describe what is like to cover the presidential candidates, while noting their campaign stops in Iowa are getting less folksy than in prior caucus cycles.

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*What's The Frequency, Episode 2.