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Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. Robin has experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald, in addition to working on multimedia projects, newsletters and visualizations. They were a political reporter for the Des Moines Register covering the Iowa caucuses leading up to the 2020 presidential election, assisting with the Register's Iowa Poll, and reporting on Iowa's 4th District elections.

Trump projected winner of Iowa Caucuses, DeSantis edges past Haley

By: and - January 15, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is projected to win the Iowa Caucuses Monday night, according to The Associated Press, which calls unofficial results for American elections. AP called the caucuses for Trump just after 7:30 p.m. Central, just 30 minutes into the Iowa precinct meetings. With more than 95% of the vote reported, Trump was leading […]

DeSantis and Haley trade accusations at Iowa debate while Trump holds separate town hall

By: and - January 11, 2024

DES MOINES — With five days until the Iowa Republican caucuses, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley competed Wednesday night in a CNN-hosted debate, while at a separate Iowa event former President Donald Trump called for mass deportations and dismissed accusations that he represents a threat to democracy. DeSantis and Haley […]

DeSantis: Eminent domain needed in pipeline projects like Keystone

By: - January 3, 2024

As the debate over carbon capture pipelines continues in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the use of eminent domain covered projects like the Keystone XL oil pipeline because the production of energy serves a public use. The Florida governor, speaking at a Council Bluffs town hall on Gray TV, did not comment […]

Haley draws fire from rivals in GOP presidential debate, as Christie calls Trump ‘unfit’

By: and - December 6, 2023

Half of the four Republican presidential candidates on a debate stage in Alabama on Wednesday night focused their attacks on former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s vying for the prized second place in the nominating contest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy teamed up early in the debate to repeatedly hit […]

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum suspends 2024 presidential campaign

By: - December 4, 2023

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday he would end his campaign to become the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. In a statement on suspending his campaign, Burgum criticized the Republican National Committee’s debate structure, saying the fundraising and polling criteria “ensure advantages for candidates from major media markets on the coasts versus America’s Heartland.” “The […]

GOP presidential candidates brawl in Florida debate, while Trump rallies nearby

By: and - November 8, 2023

Five Republican candidates for president tussled over support for Ukraine and abortion policy at a debate in Miami Wednesday evening, while the leading contender for the nomination, former President Donald Trump, sought Latino votes in an event across town. Trump, who consistently garners more than 50% in polls of Republican voters, once again declined to […]

Trump’s lead grows in new Iowa Poll as Haley catches up to DeSantis

By: - October 30, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s lead over his rivals for the 2024 Iowa caucuses grew in the Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll published Monday, while former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley rose to tie with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for second place. The poll found 43% of likely Republican caucusgoers plan to choose Trump as their […]

Former Vice President Mike Pence ends 2024 presidential bid

By: - October 29, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out of the 2024 presidential race Saturday. “It’s become clear to me, this is not my time,” Pence said at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pence launched his presidential bid in June at an Iowa event where he was criticizing his former running mate, former […]

GOP presidential hopefuls tear into each other and absent Trump at second debate

By: and - September 28, 2023

The candidates polling from second to eighth in the race for the Republican nomination for president largely agreed on policy, fought over their records and took aim at former President Donald Trump at their second debate of the year Wednesday night. Trump, who leads polls of the race by substantial margins, skipped the event at […]

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ husband diagnosed with lung cancer

By: - September 22, 2023

Iowa first gentleman Kevin Reynolds, husband of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The governor’s office shared the medical diagnosis Thursday, along with a statement from Gov. Reynolds about her spouse’s plans for treatment. “We’re grateful to the incredible medical team caring for Kevin,” she said in a statement. “Our doctor […]

GOP presidential candidates focus on abortion, Israel, parental rights at evangelical event

By: and - September 17, 2023

Republican presidential candidates emphasized their support for abortion restrictions, parental rights and Israel while working Saturday night to win over evangelical Iowa caucusgoers. More than 1,000 people gathered in Des Moines for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition annual fall banquet. The conservative Christian organization has played an influential role in the Republican presidential race […]

Democratic challengers to President Joe Biden speak at Iowa State Fair

By: and - August 12, 2023

While much of the political attention at the Iowa State Fair was focused on the Republican 2024 presidential contenders, two Democratic challengers to President Joe Biden also took the stage Saturday at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox. Democrats Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who are running for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination, […]