Iowa Caucuses May Have Impacted Blood Supply

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Some of Iowa’s blood centers think the Iowa Caucuses had an unexpected effect on blood donations across the state.

Officials at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center say the past few weeks have been slower than usual.

As the campaigns became more aggressive in soliciting votes, it became harder to reach people who normally donate blood.

“People who are engaged with the political process and care about issues, care about who our leaders are, are also the same kinds of folks who are willing to volunteer to give blood,” said Kirby Winn, with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Officials are asking people to donate this week or weekend to help make up for the last couple weeks.

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