Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., walks past a concession stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Little-known Democratic 2020 hopefuls make early Iowa visits

August 10, 2018 - 9:28 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Iowa, the dozen or so little-known Democrats who have begun visiting the early presidential nominating state sometimes go unrecognized while the party's stars and rising national figures stay away for now.

Despite the nationalization of more recent presidential campaigns, Maryland Rep. John Delaney, California Rep. Eric Swalwell and Montana Gov. Steve Bollock are taking a chapter from previous Iowa Cinderella stories. As a little-known Georgia governor, Jimmy Carter famously crisscrossed Iowa to emerge as a rising star in 1976.

On Friday, Delaney strode down the fair's busy Grand Concourse with cameras in tow as some fairgoers wondered who he was.

With more than a year and a half before Iowa caucuses, the top Democratic stars and many other rising national figures are focusing instead on the upcoming midterm elections.

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