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WASHINGTON — Former Iowa Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer is running for Senate, looking to win the seat currently held by longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley in next year's midterms.
Finkenauer, 32, became the second-youngest woman ever elected to Congress when she won during the Democratic wave of 2018. But she was defeated two years later in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country as Republicans rolled back many of Democrats’ earlier gains.
An early endorser of President Joe Biden and the daughter of a welder and public school teacher, Finkenauer emphasized the working class and those being "left behind" in her Senate announcement video.
Finkenauer told the Des Moines Register that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol helped convince her to run and in her video laid blame at the feet of Republicans like Grassley for not protecting democracy.
“The politicians who have been there for decades don’t really want people like us there. They think they own democracy and they were silent when it was attacked,” she said in the video. “It’s politicians like …
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