Over the weekend, former Governor and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (D) publicly stated he would not challenge Sen. Joni Ernst (R) next year. The decision was a blow to Democratic strategists who believed Mr. Vilsack would be the party’s best candidate.
With the former Governor disqualifying himself, it now appears that freshman Rep. Cindy Axne (D-West Des Moines) becomes a recruitment objective. Ms. Axne upset Rep. David Young (R-Van Meter) in November and is now a familiar figure in the state’s largest media market. There is no word as to whether the Congresswoman is considering making a statewide move. Staying in the House will also lead to a competitive campaign, however, as Republicans plan to heavily target her 3rd District.
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