Eighth in a series interpreting the results of Iowa’s 2020 state and federal elections.
During her first six weeks serving in the U.S. House, Representative Ashley Hinson has been speaking in two distinct voices.
In many public statements, she has positioned herself as a unifier within the House Republican caucus and Congress at large, willing to work with anyone for the benefit of her constituents. Meanwhile, she has regularly demonized Democrats as threats to America, especially when speaking to perceived supporters or on conservative platforms.
The dual messaging reflects Hinson’s dependence on Donald Trump’s base in a swing district where future Republican victories are not assured.