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 CruzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 MORE (Texas) with 23 percent and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Mellman: Are primary debates different? Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court MORE (Fla.) with 15 percent. Cruz ended up winning the caucus with Trump finishing second and Rubio a close third. 


On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE took 45 percent of the vote in the final 2016 Iowa poll, with Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates 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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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 says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race Jeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow MORE (Ariz.) or Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSwing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike House Dems move to give lawmakers a pay increase Conservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries 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.