IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s self-prized first-in-the-nation nominating contest has for years caused seething and resentment among some Democrats. Now a confluence of factors could put its post-2020 in question.
Several 2020 Democratic senators running for president are sidelined in Washington, D.C., for President Trump’s impeachment trial. While Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are stuck sitting mute on the Senate floor, on the ground in Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38, largely have the run of the place to campaign.