In less than a decade, Iowa Democrats have withered, from in-charge to almost irrelevant.
Registered Democrats are at a 10-year low as their numbers fell by more than 55,000, or 6 percent, and represent barely 30 percent of Iowa voters.
Especially stark has been the decline of rural Democrats. Last month, small-town state Rep. Todd Pritchard, an Iraq War veteran and former county prosecutor, left the crowded Democratic field for governor, dominated by Des Moines Democrats. The last rural Democrat to hold statewide office was Gov. Tom Vilsack, elected in 1998.
But instead of working to grow their party by appealing to the middle, Iowa Democratic candidates for governor are moving to the extreme, with the party rallying around unelectable, radical left-wing activists.
Take gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson, a “labor leader” who was endorsed last week by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. Glasson is staking her campaign on a plan to have Iowa run its own “Medicare-for-all” socialized healthcare system – which would force a massive $12 billion tax increase Iowans can’t afford.
Unions are also rallying behind Nate Boulton, an untested State Senator who was first elected last November. Boulton is already facing questions over his “age & experience”.
With a weak bench and out-of-touch policies, Iowa Democrats are struggling to remain relevant.