Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But as Democrats are increasingly bullish about their prospects in places such as Arizona and Colorado, the Iowa race is getting renewed attention as a potential battleground that could help the party regain the Senate majority. Greenfield's fundraising prowess reflects a broad array of support among Iowa Democrats. As of a week ago, nearly 500,000 Iowa voters, about one-quarter of the states electorate, had requested absentee ballots, the highest number of absentee ballot requests for any Iowa election, primary or general. The influx of primary-voting Democrats, including those who have been less active in recent cycles, could signal a resurgence of Iowa Democrats.
Shunned by his party, Iowa's Steve King fights for his seat
DES MOINES, Iowa Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life but not because he's compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. But Republican activists in King's district, a sprawling swath of corn, soybeans and towering wind turbines, haven't been quick to accept the influence from outsiders. The punishment sidelined King from defending President Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings, a spotlight King would have relished. Steve King couldn't protect our farmers and couldn't protect President Trump from impeachment.It's a tack Iowa Republicans say is working, in part because it doesn't shame Iowans who have long defended King. Congressman Kings comments cannot be exonerated, and I never said that, McCarthy told reporters last week.