Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHealth care fight among 2020 Democrats shifts to taxes Joe Biden needs to watch out for Elizabeth Warren as she picks up Biden faces challenge from Warren in Iowa MORE has had a steady lead in Iowa polls, but Democratic strategists say Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHealth care fight among 2020 Democrats shifts to taxes Joe Biden needs to watch out for Elizabeth Warren as she picks up Biden faces challenge from Warren in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) is rising and poses the greatest risk to him in the Hawkeye State.
Iowa has long been seen as a tough state for Biden, as its caucusgoers tend to go for more progressive candidates.
That would seem to fit the bill for Warren, though she is battling fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersScalise: Trump no more responsible for El Paso than ‘Bernie Sanders is for my shooting’ Health care fight among 2020 Democrats shifts to taxes Joe Biden needs to watch out for Elizabeth Warren as she picks up MORE (I-Vt.) for support among Iowa caucusgoers.
A Monmouth poll released last week provided great news for Warren, showing her with 19 percent and ahead of both Sanders (9 percent) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHealth care fight among 2020 Democrats shifts to taxes Joe Biden needs to watch out for Elizabeth Warren as she picks up Harris: Russian election interference exposed race as nation’s ‘Achilles heel’ MORE (D-Calif.), who won 11 percent.
But Biden was still in first, with 28 percent.
“I would definitely say she is the largest threat to Joe Biden,” Pat Rynard, founder of the popular Iowa Democratic news site Iowa Starting Line, said of Warren.
“My main observation is that she is the coalition candidate. She is the one in the field who can appeal to progressive activists while not scaring away the rest of the voters,” Rynard said.
Democratic consultant Tracy Sefl, who hails from Iowa, said Warren — who spent the first five months of her campaign tailor-focused on the state — is gaining traction because her campaign fits well with what Iowa voters want.
Warren stood at just 7 percent in a Monmouth poll in Iowa four months ago, which suggests her efforts in the state are paying off.
“Warren in many ways is a perfect Iowa candidate because she is so thorough and meticulous,” said Sefl, who served as a surrogate to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJake Tapper calls out Trump for sharing ‘deranged’ and ‘insane’ conspiracy theory about Epstein death Booker: Trump using same tactics, language as Russians with Epstein conspiracy theory retweet O’Rourke: Trump ‘changing the conversation’ with retweet of Epstein conspiracy theory MORE’s 2016 campaign. “That meshes well with Iowa caucusgoers’ expectations.”
The Biden and Warren match-up in Iowa shows the divide in the Democratic Party.
While voters in Iowa like Biden, others seemed intrigued by Warre