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Biden launches eight-day Iowa 'barnstorm' amid flagging poll numbers
Former vice-president tours first-voting state in effort ‘to meet as many caucus-goers as I can’
Joe Biden has embarked upon an eight-day tour across Iowa as the former US vice-president attempts to arrest his flagging poll numbers in the key state, which is the first to vote in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Biden started his election blitz on Saturday, telling supporters in a fundraising email that he was undertaking an “eight-day, 18 county, ‘No Malarkey’ barnstorm” across Iowa. “The plan is to meet as many caucus-goers as I can,
and we’re going to cover a lot of ground to do it,” the email read.

The bus tour follows recent polling that shows Biden’s standing has slipped among Democratic voters in Iowa who, on 3 February, will be the first caucus in the US to
pick a favored candidate to take on 🍊 in the 2020 presidential election.

After topping the Democratic field in the state in several polls . Still, the polls show a tight race and Biden’s supporters deny that his campaign is in any sort of trouble
“As people get closer and closer to February, they become more and more practical about this,” said the former Iowa governor Vilsack, who recently gave Biden his most high-profile Iowa endorsement. “He can make the strongest case, among all the candidates
Fairly or not, Biden’s national staff has fueled skeptical assessments with pronouncements that he doesn’t have to win Iowa to win the nomination.

Iowa is overwhelmingly white; Biden’s national advantage leans heavily on non-white voters who help determine outcomes in Nevada,
South Carolina and many 3 March Super Tuesday states.

Yet all the handwringing misses key variables in Iowa, according to Vilsack and other Biden supporters.

They contend that, public enthusiasm aside, Biden has the broadest range of support both demographically and
geographically, especially in rural and small-town Iowa and among the growing minority population that, while small, could prove important with so many candidates dividing the overall caucus vote.
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