Former Rep. Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa
Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer launched a Senate bid in Iowa on Thursday, becoming the highest-profile Democrat to jump into the race in an bid to reverse the party’s struggles in statewide elections over the past decade.
Finkenauer, 32, flipped a House seat in 2018 before losing last November after just one term. She’s now aiming to take on GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest currently-serving Republican senator, who is still deciding whether to seek an eighth term in the chamber.
Iowa has been challenging for Democrats recently after a long history as a swing state. It was one of the most expensive Senate contests in the country last year, but after appearing close for the majority of the election, GOP Sen. Joni Ernst easily defeated Democrat Theresa Greenfield, and now-President Joe Biden lost the state handily.
Finkenauer will have to convince national Democrats that Iowa is worth investing in after the 2020 loss and persuade Democratic voters that she’s the best candidate coming off her defeat to now-GOP Rep. Ashley Hinson.
In an interview, Finkenauer touted her record during her …
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