Iowa senators| Abby Finkenauer prepares to run for the Iowa Senate.

Iowa senators| Abby Finkenauer prepares to run for the Iowa Senate.

The unsuccessful one-term congressman is considering running for the Republican senator Chuck Grassley’s seat.

According to two persons familiar with her plans, former Representative Abby Finkenauer is preparing to compete for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s seat in the Senate.

The one-term Democratic congressman, who in November lost her district in northeast Iowa to now-Rep. Ashley Hinson has begun putting together a potential campaign team.

Grassley, 87, has stated he will think things over until the fall before deciding whether or not to run for office again. Democrats will find it challenging to defeat Grassley if he decides to run for an eighth term, but an open seat would be more desirable if he decided to resign.

Sen. Joni Ernst of the GOP finally defeated Democrat Theresa Greenfield by nearly 7 points in Iowa, which was one of the most expensive Senate races in the nation last year. At the same time, then-President Donald Trump won the state by a similar margin.

This year, five Republican incumbents have already declared their retirements, making the party’s primaries difficult and contested as it attempts to gain control of the chamber’s 50–50 split. Republicans openly express their desire for Grassley to run for office once more to prevent the loss of another incumbent.

An anti-Trump wave helped former state legislator Finkenauer defeat then-GOP Rep. Rod Blum in 2018. Two years later, Hinson, a former state representative, and TV host defeated her, becoming the latest in a run of disheartening defeats for House Democrats who had hoped to pick up seats that year.

After 2018, Democrats only held one of Iowa’s four seats, down from three. Even though Trump won Finkenauer’s previous seat twice, a new map will be created before the decennial redistricting.

Finkenauer, 32, has continued to be active on Twitter lately, showing that she hasn’t given up on politics. She recently criticized Grassley for refusing to endorse the commission legislation that the House enacted on January 6.

She tweeted, “Watching @ChuckGrassley follow orders like way is just sad & regrettably unexpected.” There is so little regard for the truth and doing what is right, and there is so much gaslighting.

She joined the Next 50 leadership committee after leaving office, a group that strives to elect Democratic candidates from the millennial and Generation Z.

Other Democrats are either considering running or have already decided to run for the position. A farmer named Dave Muhlbauer announced his candidacy earlier this week and has now started his campaign. A retired Navy admiral named Mike Franken who lost the 2020 Senate race has also been thinking about running again.

State Auditor Rob Sand stated on Wednesday that he was considering a run for governor but has disqualified himself from a Senate bid. Carroll Times

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