Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation’s first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in November and the former secretary of state considers a campaign of her own in 2016.
It will be the former first lady’s first appearance in Iowa since 2008 when she finished a disappointing third in the state’s presidential caucuses.
Clinton has urged Democrats to mobilize for November’s midterm elections and party officials said she would likely appear at other events around the country to help the party’s major fundraising committees.
Early polls show her as the leading candidate to succeed President Obama, her onetime rival. Clinton is “looking forward to campaigning for her Democratic friends and colleagues and to helping the effort to move America forward,” her spokesman Nick Merrill said, adding that she’d “help raise money for important races in Iowa.”
Republicans need to win a net of six seats to take control of the Senate for the remainder of Obama’s term. The GOP is expected to maintain control of the House. Iowa’s Senate race pits Democrat Bruce Braley against Republican Joni Ernst in a campaign to succeed Harkin, who has held the seat for three decades.
Her return to the campaign trail on behalf of Democratic candidates has been widely anticipated as Obama’s approval ratings have sagged and some Democrats have sought to distance themselves from him in Republican-leaning states.