Sarah Palin heads to Iowa for key 2016 event

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who continues to play a role in conservative and Christian political circles, is returning to key 2016 battleground state Iowa this weekend for a banquet characterized as one of the major pre-election events.

Palin will join Utah Sen. Mike Lee and other conservatives at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition banquet Saturday in Des Moines, during which longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the group.

The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, part of evangelical leader Ralph Reed's umbrella Faith & Freedom Coalition, describes the event as “one of the premier dates on the political calendar in Iowa.”

Over 1,000 pastors and grassroots activists are expected at the dinner, which will also feature Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Rep. Steve King.

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