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Donald Trump Jr. in Cedar Rapids Tuesday; Pence, Biden headed to Iowa

Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew
Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

CEDAR RAPIDS — With time running out on the 2020 presidential campaign, Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Joe Biden and Donald Trump Jr. are all are headed to Iowa.

The visits speak to the increasingly competitive race in Iowa. Based on Donald Trump winning the state by nearly 10 percentage points in 2016, many handicappers had Iowa in the president’s win column. However, the gap between Trump and Biden has been narrowing and the most recent polls seem to suggest Iowa is a tossup.

On Oct. 21, the Emerson College poll showed Trump up by 2 percentage points, while the New York Times/Sienna poll and the Monmouth College poll showed Biden ahead by 3 points.

The younger Trump leads off with a campaign rally for his father, President Donald Trump, Tuesday evening in downtown Cedar Rapids. Trump will speak at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 Second Ave. Bridge, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5.

Pence is scheduled to return to Iowa on Thursday for a campaign rally at the Des Moines airport. The event is part of a Pence campaign swing that includes events in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada.

The Des Moines event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tickets, which are free, are available online at donaldjtrump.com/events.

On Friday, Biden will make his first trip to Iowa since the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses Feb. 3. No details about his visit have been announced.

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Trump Jr. will make campaign stops earlier in the day in Lansing, Mich., West Salem, Wis., with the president, and in De Pere, Wis., before speaking in Cedar Rapids.

To reserve up to two tickets, visit www.donaldjtrump.com/events. All tickets are first-come, first-served.

By registering for the Trump and Pence events, participants are acknowledging an “inherent risk” of exposure to COVID-19 and they assume all risks related to that exposure.

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