The Latest on Iowa Democrats (all times local):
A House Democrat seen as a rising star says the party is to blame for allowing President Donald Trump to claim voters in reliably Democratic territory.
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio told Democrats at a fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday that those voters don’t think Democrats are with them anymore and don’t listen to them.
Another House Democrat at the gathering, Illinois’ Cheri Bustos, says the election shows that the party lost touch with small-town America.
Iowa Democrats sent progressive Tom Harkin to the Senate for 30 years and twice delivered the state for Barack Obama. Today, they are powerless in the House, Senate and statehouse, and remain stunned by Trump’s solid victory in the state last year.
Ahead of the 2020 election, state Democrats are feeling pressure to recoup the working-class voters who marched with Trump.