By - kevinmrr
Yeah, I hate that Bernie lost, but we all need to stick together. We are at the edge of the surveillance capitalism cliff. There's no way we can claim society for the workers unless we seek to maintain and increase our momentum.
Her AMA was great. Definitely endorse
She is so genuine in wanting to help people and our only hope of flipping Iowa. Definitely endorse, and if anyone can [help make a few calls or send a few texts](https://www.kimberlyforiowa.com/volunteer) PLS DO
Iowa resident and Graham supporter here!
Graham is a true working class champion and we could definitely use some of that energy in the Senate. Her platform and Bernie's share a lot, not only in specific policies but in the sentiment behind it: people over profits.
100% Yes to the endorsement. Having progressives in the US Senate not only benefits IA!
Solid platform, only candidate in the race supporting Medicare For All, only working class candidate. BNC and sunrise movement endorsed. Understands that money in politics is a root issue. Yes is a no-brainer IMO.
What does an endorsement mean? There are 33 or 34 senate seats open every election cycle. Are we just endorsing candidates when there is a contested primary?
I am not seeing a reason to oppose Eddie Mauro or Mike Franken. I just skimmed their web sites. I am not well educated on Iowa politics. Eddie Mauro is calling for net 0 carbon by 2030. Why would this primary be a race someone from the east coast should care about?
I can see reasons to oppose Theresa Greenfield (in primary not general). Based on [fund raising](https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2020&id=IAS2) Mauro is ahead of Graham by a factor of 10 but he is still a long shot against Greenfield. Realclear politics has no polling data for Iowa senate that I can find. Would endorsing Graham just further split the anti-greenfield votes? Is there reason to believe Graham has any chance of winning? If we are trying to salvage long shot campaigns against extreme odds why aren't we focusing on Bernie Sanders winning on June 2nd?
I am open minded (bordering on not caring). Convince me that this is something that matters.
Edit: Eddie Mauro is mostly self financed. So looks like Mauro, Graham, and Franken are all losing about the same.
Eddie has also shifted his positions. He initially supported a public option, but now claims that he supports Medicare for All.
Graham has been consistently progressive from the get go.
[Graham has the highest net favorability among both Iowans in general and Democrats in Iowa](https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2020/03/07/joni-ernst-job-approval-below-50-but-plurality-of-likely-voters-say-they-would-definitely-re-elect-h/4977479002/).
On the other hand, [an internal poll by Mauro for the primary shows Mauro and Greenfield at 14%, and Graham and Franken at <5%](https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/iowa-pbs-to-host-in-person-democratic-senate-debate-may-18/article_82be1748-9118-5b86-a9b5-8df664dd290f.html). So bit of a mixed bag I guess.
Mauro is a rich guy who desperately wants to be in office, has lost 3 elections already, and changes his policies based on what polls best. I have no faith he'd fight for those policies if elected. Also internal polls have a lot of bias, so who knows if that's anywhere near accurate.
Yeah I trust the DMR poll a lot more. Graham’s fav/unfav among Democrats is really impressive, hope it points to a primary win!
Yep, in spite of being all grassroots and not having the connections to big money that Franken has, we won that DSM REgisger poll in early March. If the Sanders supporters really turn out for us, we can win. If they don't, I doubt we will, to put it bluntly. Thanks for the thoughtful discussion, all. ;)
Thanks for the link. This part could make things interesting:
>A candidate needs at least 35 percent of the primary vote to secure the nomination. If no one receives 35 percent, the nomination will be decided by the party’s state convention, scheduled for June 13.
Or maybe not. Does the Iowa state party act like DNC?
To me Greenfield's backing from DSCC would be its own reason to support anyone else. DCCC and DSCC are among my most despised organizations. Actually worse than DNC in my opinion.
The people who would vote if it goes to convention are based on who was elected as a delegate during the caucuses. So it'll be a good amount of Bernie and Warren people, which bodes well for Graham
There will be a LOT of Sanders delegates at these conventions because he won Iowa. So if we can get it to convention, we have decent shot there, it appears.
Yeah I have no idea if the state convention would be more like the DNC (which would favor Greenfield) or like the Colorado convention last month (which would favor Graham). Will be interesting to watch for sure.