The Dallas County GOP held its Steak Fry and Pie Auction on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Veterans Reception Center in Van Meter. The event featured four guest speakers including National Committeewoman, Tamara Scott, Cedar Rapids Mayor and gubernatorial candidate, Ron Corbett, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Republic Party of Iowa chair, Jeff Kaufmann as the keynote speaker.
During their speeches, Gregg and Kaufmann expressed Dallas County’s importance when it comes to elections each year when it comes to the success of the Republican Party.
Gregg said that in order to implement their vision, they have to win, and he says it starts at the county level.
“This is where so much energy is, and this is where the work that gets done to elect conservative candidates really happens,” Gregg said. “This is where the organization happens, this is where the get-out-the vote effort happens, this is where the door knocking happens, and it’s so critical and it’s so important.”
Gregg also said he feels it’s important for the Dallas County GOP to keep sending conservative legislators to Des Moines, and took time to recognize Rep. Ralph Watts (R-Adel) and Sen. Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines), who were in attendance at the event.
Kaufmann said that he doesn’t have to give the Dallas County GOP a whole lot of thought at the state level because they are getting the job done.
“Every single time we see a list of… who has their spots chosen, who has all of their trainings done, who’s ready for the Caucus this year, Dallas County, check them all,” Kaufmann said. “It’s that simple. You guys do everything you’re supposed to do.”
He also said that Dallas County is responsible for running up the total when it comes to electing candidates to positions at the state level.
He compared Dallas County to Johnson County, which voted heavily in favor of Democrats in the most recent election and has the fifth-highest population in the State of Iowa. His son, Bobby Kaufmann, is the only Republican representative in Johnson County.
In the 2016 Presidential Election, Clinton received 50,200 votes (64.8 percent) while Trump received 21,044 votes (27.2 percent) in Johnson County. In Dallas County, however, Trump received 19,339 votes (50.1 percent) while Clinton received 15,701 votes (40.7 percent), according to the official canvass on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.
“Electorally, there’s only one way that we counter a Johnson County, and that is for a Dallas County to run up the total,” Kaufmann said. “That’s the numbers game, how that does that.”
He went on to say that a Republican candidate winning Dallas County by a slim margin, might not be enough to win a statewide election.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on you folks, but a statewide candidate winning Dallas County by 55 percent, that’s not going to cut it,” Kaufmann said. “You’ve spoiled us. You actually have spoiled us. I almost think of you as a western Iowa right in the center of Iowa where we can run up those totals.”
He referred to Dallas County as “one of the premier counties” in the state for the Republican Party.