Democrats believe Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who took office last year to fill the remainder of Terry Branstad’s term, may be vulnerable. Fred Hubbell won the nomination to challenge Ms. Reynolds in November.
Two of Iowa’s four congressional districts, both currently held by Republicans, are also expected to be competitive in November. In the First District, which includes Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo, Representative Rod Blum — a Trump-supporting Tea Party Republican and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — could be vulnerable to a challange from State Representative Abby Finkenauer, who won the Democratic nomination.
And in the Third District, which includes Des Moines, small-business owner Cindy Axne will challenge Representative David Young.
Iowa’s First District is overwhelmingly white, which would tend to pull it to the right based on national voting patterns — but it’s also mostly urban, with large population centers in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo, which would tend to pull it to the left. The result is a highly competitive re-election campaign for Representative Rod Blum, a Trump-supporting Tea Party Republican and House Freedom Caucus member. Four Democrats are running to challenge him, foremost among them State Representative Abby Finkenauer.
Three Democrats are seeking to challenge Representative David Young in the Third District, which includes Iowa’s largest city, Des Moines. They are Pete D’Alessandro, who led Bernie Sanders’s caucus campaign in Iowa, and two small-business owners: Cindy Axne and Eddie Mauro. If none of them reach 35 percent of the vote, the party will hold a convention, a prolongation of the nominating process that the candidates would prefer to avoid.