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Booker returning to Iowa for New Year’s

By Nikita Biryukov, December 30 2019 12:52 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will return to Iowa on the last day of the decade.

The presidential candidate will attend a house party hosted by New Hampshire state Rep. Heather Matson in Ankeny Tuesday morning, and he’ll host another House Party in Johnston that afternoon.

Booker will also launch the January leg of his campaign in Iowa.

He’ll host meet and greets in Creston and Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon.

The senator will finish the two-day tour with a townhall style event in Perry Wednesday night.

Booker is putting much of his focus into Iowa ahead of the state’s February caucuses.

His campaign made a six-figure ad buy in two of the state’s largest cities Monday.

The senator’s poll numbers have continued to flounder nationally and in Iowa, where Real Clear Politics polling average put him in eighth and sixth place, respectively.

Booker has yet to qualify for the next Democratic primary debate, which is scheduled for Jan. 14.

He has until Jan. 10 to hit 5% support in four qualifying polls. He has already met the 225,000-donor threshold, but the polling requirements will more likely than not bar him from a primary debate for the second consecutive month.

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