The Democratic primary in Iowa has emerged as a nationally watched contest, with three candidates competing to take on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) in November, with the primary on June 2nd. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) backs Minnesota native Theresa Greenfield:
Today we’re endorsing Democrat Theresa Greenfield for U.S. Senate! She’s running against Republican Joni Ernst. If we want to protect patients with pre-existing conditions, the future of the Supreme Court & put people before special interests—we must flip this #IASen seat. pic.twitter.com/DUg89954ID— Senate Democrats (@dscc) June 6, 2019
Greenfield is disguised as the “moderate” candidate in the race, especially when competing with fellow primary contender Kimberly Graham, who is allied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
Greenfield is positioned to win the primary, but spent Wednesday night fundraising off of COVID-19, telling supporters that the global health pandemic “directly affects” her fundraising:
“In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing all in-person events for the time being. This will directly affect our fundraising efforts in one of the most expensive Senate races in the country. That's why we have to lean on this grassroots team -- if you're able, please consider pitching in to help us close the gap. Your generosity and understanding during this difficult time is sincerely appreciated,” she wrote in a campaign email.
This desperate plea went out after Greenfield peddled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) talking points about the Senate’s bipartisan relief package, which Sen. Schumer co-authored. Democrats torpedoed twice before passing the bill late Wednesday night:
It’s simple: workers must come first. We cannot bail out big corporations & CEOs, while leaving rural communities, working families, small businesses, and others out. Today, I'm announcing my plan to put Iowa workers first while combating #COVID19 https://t.co/IY3DFI4Qxw— Theresa Greenfield (@GreenfieldIowa) March 23, 2020
Cook Political Report categorizes Iowa’s Senate race as “Lean Republican,” but at this rate, establishment Democrats will make this contest an expensive race for themselves as they seek to take back the Senate.