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Over 80 Percent of Iowans Caucused for Pro-RFS Candidates

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:31:25 CST

Over 80 Percent of Iowans Caucused for Pro-RFS Candidates

Monday night we saw an overwhelming majority of Iowans vote for pro-ethanol, pro-Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) candidates at the caucuses. An impressive 83% of voters supported candidates who recognized that the RFS is crucial to over 852,000 American jobs, our lowered dependence on foreign oil, and consumers’ choice at the pump for a clean, less expensive fuel.


“83 percent of Iowans supported pro-RFS candidates in 2016. In contrast with 2012’s caucus a higher share of the vote went to pro-RFS candidates,” said America’s Renewable Future State Director Eric Branstad.


Big Oil will claim a false victory today, but the fact remains that their number one candidate has moved closer to ethanol and further from oil. He has even committed to repealing subsidies for the oil industry. Those are unmistakable signs that the relevancy and importance of ethanol are dominant.


“We’re proud of the work we’ve done in educating candidates on the benefits of the RFS and that the vast majority of them were good on the issue or moved to be good,” added Branstad. “Considering that when we started only two Republicans were known supporters of the RFS and we ended with nine out of 11 in the pro column and 12 candidates out of the 14 total. We’re incredibly proud of the success we’ve had with candidates recognizing the benefits to our economy, national security, and environment and its something that will be key in the General Election.”


2012 Anti-RFS:

Ron Paul: 21.5%

Rick Perry: 10.4%

Michele Bachmann: 5%

Total: 36.9%



2016 Anti-RFS:

Ted Cruz: 27.7%

Rand Paul: 4.5%

Total: 32.2%


100% of Democrats caucused for pro-RFS candidates in 2012 AND 2016.

   

 

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