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June 22, 2022Cedar Rapids, Iowa |  By: AP

Iowa doors swing open for Republicans eyeing White House run


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - At least a half-dozen GOP presidential prospects are planning Iowa visits this summer now that the state's June primary has come and gone.

These forays, advertised as promoting candidates and the state Republican organization ahead of the fall midterm elections, in reality are trips aimed at building relationships and learning the political geography in the state scheduled to launch the campaign for the party's 2024 nomination.

In a time-tested midterm campaign year ritual, Republicans including former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and others are planning summer visits, marking the next phase in this quadrennial rite.