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Iowa State University

2020 put an exclamation point on Iowa’s rural-urban divide. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and President Donald Trump carried 91 and 93 largely rural counties, respectively, while their Democratic opponents won by big margins in most large urban communities.

The statewide positivity rate was 19.75 percent, far higher than earlier in the month. It was nearly 50 percent in the hardest-hit counties.

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