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Iowa Voters Ask, Where’s Elizabeth Warren?

“What’s she waiting for?” one Iowa Democratic operative asked.

By NTK Staff | 12.12.2018 @2:15pm
Iowa Voters Ask, Where’s Elizabeth Warren?

Perhaps more than any other potential 2020 Democrat candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is taking a meticulous, cautious approach to running for president.

She did her best to spread campaign cash to state parties across the country; she spent heavily on digital ads during the 2018 midterms; and she quietly positioned staffers in key posts in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

But Warren has hit a rough patch of late. Her DNA test rollout backfired tremendously; key aides are reportedly considering jumping ship to join other campaigns; and her hometown paper, the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said she missed her chance to run for president in 2016. There’s “reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020,” they added.

Adding insult to injury, Warren is polling behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in her home state of Massachusetts. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), the losing candidate in Texas’s 2018 Senate race, trails her by just one percentage point.

And Iowa voters and operatives are starting to notice the cold shoulder she’s given them thus far.

She stayed away from Iowa altogether during the midterm campaign, as expected candidates like her weighed whether such visits would be perceived as opportunistic. Her absence did not go over well with some activists in early-voting states, accustomed as they are to extensive early courting.

“It was puzzling,” said an influential Iowa operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the field. “It was sort of a sore thumb sticking out there. People are asking, ‘What is she waiting for?’”

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that more than half of the Democratic Party leaders in Iowa counties said they preferred a “young candidate.”

When Warren does kick off her 2020 campaign, she’s going to have to overcome these challenges. While not impossible, the obstacles are beginning to stack up. That will only make her job that much more difficult next year.

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