Sharing Our Caucus Love

In case you missed it, the Iowa Caucuses are the greatest and now that they’re over we’re missing them.

Back in January, we had some students from Grinnell College stop by our office to talk all things caucuses.

Nicole Schlinger Grinnell College

So many of our employees at CampaignHQ are veterans of several different Iowa Caucus Presidential campaigns, organizing from the precinct to national level. They have extensive years’ worth of experience consulting on high-level statewide, congressional and senate races.


Students from Barbara Trish’s class spent an afternoon at CampaignHQ to gain insights on the Caucus process, discuss issues taking center stage in this year’s presidential campaign and discuss strategies of the different campaigns.


We had a blast talking to these students who were bright and engaging students from Grinnell College to our office to discuss the Iowa Caucuses. We recognize how important Iowans’ voices are to kicking off the nominating process as a First in the Nation Caucus. It’s something we do not take for granted and love sharing caucus history with others, including students.

Thanks for checking in,

Nicole Schlinger


First in the Nation

Nicole Schlinger Iowa

Being an Iowan is awesome.

We have the great distinction of kicking of the presidential process with the historic Iowa Caucuses.

Nicole Schlinger Iowa Caucus
photo courtesy of Catch Des Moines

I’ve had the honor to work on several caucus campaigns and look forward to this time of year.

Nicole Schlinger impeachment Ted Cruz statementMitt Romney Nicole Schlinger

If you live in Iowa, I hope you’ll join me in attending the caucuses tonight as we kick off the nomination process and build our party for the future.

You can find your GOP caucus location here. 

Happy caucusing!


Consultant Predictions

Back at the beginning of the year, I submitted a piece for Campaigns & Elections featuring my predictions for 2020.

Take a look into my crystal ball:

Nicole Schlinger Iowa Caucus
photo courtesy of Catch Des Moines

The 2020 cycle will go next-level starting in February with the Iowa Caucuses. President Trump’s campaign will swarm the state with surrogates, including many who are getting attention as 2024 GOP contenders. By the time June rolls around, 2024 hopefuls of the on both sides of the aisle will begin visiting Iowa, under the guise of “helping the ticket.” How serious they are can be determined by how many miles they are willing to drive from the Des Moines airport.

As we near Election Day in November, you’ll see a significant uptick in campaign spending on peer-to-peer texting. This new tech, which successful campaigns are now harnessing to their extreme advantage, will far eclipse robocalls. Campaigns that use P2P texting as a real-time conversation tool will see the greatest impact. This area remains a bit of the “wild west,” so rest assured, regulations are coming after the 2020 cycle.

You can read them all here – there are some pretty fun ones.

Thanks for reading,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

Nicole Schlinger

Caucus Flashback

I’ve been spending some time recounting the history of CampaignHQ in my updates about selling our original building.

Mitt Romney Nicole Schlinger

I recently stumbled upon a couple of articles from The Des Moines Register, written by Jennifer Jacobs in 2011 that I thought would add more color to the storyline of what was happening for our organization during that time.

This article features Mitt Romney and his time in Iowa at that point. 

Many of my friends are featured in that article – like David Kochel, Christopher Rants, Jill Latham-Ryan, Doug Gross, Gentry Collins and the list goes on.

This is a write-up Jennifer Jacobs did when I signed on with the Time Pawlenty campaign.

Speaking of Jennifer Jacobs, she is now the Senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. She is always breaking news and continues to be a fair and dedicated reporter. You can follow her Twitter feed for many updates.


Thanks for reading,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

Nicole Schlinger