Ames, Iowa 

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Politics & Voting in Ames, Iowa

The Political Climate in Ames, IA is Somewhat liberal.

Story County, IA is Moderately liberal. In Story County, IA 57.2% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 39.9% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 3.0% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Story county remained very strongly Democratic, 57.2% to 39.9%.
Story county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000


The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Ames, IA is Somewhat liberal

Story County, Iowa is Moderately liberal.

Ames Metro Area is Moderately liberal.

Iowa is Leaning conservative.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
VoteWord™

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Ames, Iowa: d d D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.


Individual Campaign Contributions in Ames, IA

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 23,682 contributions totaling $1,972,186 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $83 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 2,256 contributions totaling $420,302 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $186 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

STORY COUNTY, IOWA POLITICS VOTING
STORY COUNTY, IOWA POLITICS VOTING
STORY COUNTY, IOWA POLITICS VOTING HISTORY
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    Reviews for Ames    12 Reviews
    From California to Iowa - 9/30/2012
    Hello, I am in San Jose Ca, but am seriously thinking of moving somewhere much slower for a better quality of living. I've just turned 59, so I'm kinda preparing for... Read More

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    Good and Bad - 2/5/2012
    Like every other city Ames has both good and bad points. The good points are: low cost of living, very friendly people, lots of outdoor activities and quite a few events... Read More

    Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa - 12/18/2010
    Ames enjoys a high quality of life at a very affordable cost, substantially lower than many other communities. The presence of Iowa State University, a large (28,000... Read More


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