Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Which 2020 Democrats are stepping up Iowa campaign efforts

Which 2020 Democrats are stepping up Iowa campaign efforts

Bernie Sanders with 16 percent, Massachusetts Sen.

The poll was taken June 2-5 and polled 600 people likely to participate in the Democratic caucus. This is important because during a caucus, if caucus-goers' first choice doesn't have enough votes to win, they will shift their support to their second choice candidate.

Iowa and New Hampshire, whose primary is February 11, will anoint true-blue front-runners early next year when they go to the polls, filling winning candidates' coffers with cash from bandwagon-jumping donors. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are surging in the Hawkeye State. Kamala Harris of California has 7 percent before a severe drop-off to next-to-nothing for everyone else. Buttigieg claimed that the poll has vindicated his strategy for campaigning, saying outside of an event for Democrats in northeastern Iowa that "it shows that campaigning works".

Both candidates hold 14 per cent support, only one per cent behind Sanders who earned 15 per cent in the poll.

A sense of urgency was already on display Sunday as 19 contenders running for the Democratic nomination flocked here for the state party's Hall of Fame Dinner, all of them hoping to woo the activists and insiders who can make or break a campaign.

"We must present a bold vision for the future, but we also must acknowledge that the most effective charge Republicans can level against us is 'socialism, '" he said.

Interestingly, Warren had the highest favorability rating, 71 percent. It also helps set the table for the first debate of the primary season later this month in Miami.

Sanders, who is slated to give a speech in defense of democratic socialism on Wednesday, also invited some criticism from fellow candidates trying to break through.

Others focused their efforts squarely on Mr. Trump. Booker said. "Beating him will get us out of the valley - but it will not get us to the mountaintop".

Ms. Harris said she plans to prosecute the case against Mr. Trump for failing to fulfill the promises he made in 2016 to protect health care and fight for the middle class.

In the convention-like environment, there was plenty of swag from the candidates.

"I feel slighted as a conservative, and I feel slighted as someone who was open to him being president, and I think that it's a risky lane for him to take to go super far left", she continued.

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper took aim at Sanders' democratic socialist agenda and said it was bad politics that could be a stumbling block to defeating Trump in 2020.

"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Ms Selzer said.

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