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'Draft Beto' campaign to make Iowa push

Posted On: Jan 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Democratic activists working to lay campaign groundwork for Beto O'Rourke if he decides to run for president are ratcheting up their efforts in Iowa, organizing “Draft Beto” meetings for next week in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, organizers told POLITICO. Kimberley Strope-Boggus, a longtime field organizer and Iowa activist, will host a meeting of supporters at a restaurant in Des Moines on Thursday, though she said she has yet to commit to any candidate. On Wednesday, Paul Esker, who worked on Fred Hubbell's unsuccessful campaign for Iowa governor, will host a similar event in Iowa City, organizers said. Though neither Strope-Boggus nor Esker have committed to O'Rourke, the meetings offer the former Texas congressman a modicum of visibility in Iowa as he continues to mull a campaign. The “Draft Beto” effort organizing meetings in Iowa is separate from a similar draft campaign that recently added strategists in Nevada and South Carolina, two other early nominating states.
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