Ron and Carlita Beltz may not be typical Iowans -- perhaps no one is -- but they fit into two demographics that are more pronounced in the state because they are white and over 65. They also take their politics seriously, giving up much of a Wednesday afternoon to hear Hillary Clinton speak.
Ron and Carlita Beltz may not be typical Iowans -- perhaps no one is -- but they fit into two demographics that are more pronounced in the state because they are white and over 65. They also take their politics seriously, giving up much of a Wednesday afternoon to hear Hillary Clinton speak. Scott Canon / MCT
Ron and Carlita Beltz may not be typical Iowans -- perhaps no one is -- but they fit into two demographics that are more pronounced in the state because they are white and over 65. They also take their politics seriously, giving up much of a Wednesday afternoon to hear Hillary Clinton speak. Scott Canon / MCT

Despite challenges from other states, Iowa retains political importance

December 02, 2007 06:00 AM