MINNESOTA — Win the Midwest. That mantra is shaping up to be a high priority for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, now that she has joined a very crowded list of Democrats running for president in 2020.
All signs point to her starting that mission with a particular focus on Iowa and Wisconsin.
When President Trump won Wisconsin in 2016, it was the first time in 32 years a Republican had carried the state.
What’s more, is how much he carried the Midwest by, winning 10 of the 12 states that comprise the region.
Klobuchar is hoping to buck that trend as the only Midwestern candidate in the race so far.
She’ll be seeking to capitalize on a state that largely turned blue in the mid-terms, electing a Democratic governor for the first time since the 2010 election.
Her focus will be on the Badger state because she’s recognized there.
Historically, Klobuchar has worked across the border to pass legislation that impacts Wisconsinites. Most notably funding for the St. Croix Bridge which connects the two states.
Klobuchar will also be there to improve her national recognition.
She did garner quite a bit of national attention as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings.
However, she’ll be contending the most *higDemocrats democrats in the race and will need to build her national audience even more.
Being that Wisconsin is a swing state, experts say if she can win over voters there, it could turn the heads of delegates and give her a head of steam heading into other Midwestern swing states.
“We are starting in Wisconsin because, as you remember, there wasn’t a lot of campaign in Wisconsin in 2016. With me, that changes. That’s where my mom is from, and that is where she grew up, which is why I built a bridge between Wisconsin, and that is kind of what the metaphor is for what we want to build. We are building bridges over there, and I’m going to be there a lot,” said Klobuchar.
Klobuchar has been a strong supporter of farming in the past, which could bode well for her popularity in states like Iowa and Wisconsin where the rural areas are peppered with agricultural land.
In her Senate elections, Klobuchar has performed well in rural areas of Minnesota – but some experts say her support of the Green New Deal could ostracize her from those voters in the future.
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