CNN to partner with The Des Moines Register on polling ahead of 2020 Iowa caucuses

CNN will partner with Iowa's largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, in the lead-up to the Hawkeye State's 2020 presidential caucuses 14 months from now, the two news organizations announced Thursday. 

The Des Moines Register is home to "The Iowa Poll," which was founded in 1943 and followed closely by political experts looking to gauge who's up or down in the first major contest of the presidential election season. 

In 2016, "The Iowa Poll" showed Donald Trump leading the Republican field with 28 percent, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke mulling another Senate run as well as presidential bid Texas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes Trump working on labels for 2020 Dems: report MORE (Texas) with 23 percent and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioIvanka must recalibrate her paid family leave plan to make it tenable The United States needs a career ambassador in Honduras Rubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela MORE (Fla.) with 15 percent. Cruz ended up winning the caucus with Trump finishing second and Rubio a close third. 

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On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE took 45 percent of the vote in the final 2016 Iowa poll, with Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise MORE taking 42 percent. Clinton and Sanders almost tied after all the caucus votes were cast, with Clinton taking 49.9 percent of the vote and Sanders 49.6 percent. 

Many political experts are already predicting more than 20 and perhaps 30 candidates may run for the Democratic nomination against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE, putting Iowa even more under the microscope. 

Trump may also be facing a GOP primary challenge, with names including outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich, retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (Ariz.) or Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE (Neb.) all rumored to be considering challenging the former real estate mogul. 

"The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll has long provided unparalleled insights into the opinions of Iowans during the twists and turns of the caucus cycle," said Carol Hunter, executive editor of the Des Moines Register, in the announcement. "This polling partnership with CNN brings together two news organizations that provide powerhouse political coverage."

"It may only be four weeks since the midterm election, but the 2020 presidential election cycle is already well underway," said CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist. 

The Des Moines Register and CNN partnership will be in collaboration with financial sponsor Mediacom, a New York-based cable television and communications firm.