Three-way primary in IA-03 as Theresa Greenfield misses ballot

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The Iowa Secretary of State’s office announced today that Theresa Greenfield’s campaign submitted fewer than 1,500 of the 1,790 signatures needed to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot in Iowa’s third Congressional district. Greenfield had already been cleared for the ballot last week, but she withdrew her first set of nominating papers after learning her campaign manager had forged some of the signatures. Many volunteers, including gubernatorial candidates and rival Congressional contender Pete D’Alessandro, frantically sought to collect new signatures for Greenfield on the last day of the filing period. They submitted new petitions with one minute to spare on March 16. Politics can be a cruel business, and this is a heartbreaking way for a campaign to end. Greenfield spoke at dozens of events around the district, had raised substantial funds for her Congressional bid, and had prominent supporters, including several labor unions. She was also rumored to be the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s preferred candidate, though the DCCC had not officially weighed in on the IA-03 primary. Only a few days ago, six Democrats were actively seeking the chance to run against two-term Representative David Young in November. Now the field is down to three: Cindy Axne, Pete D’Alessandro, and Eddie Mauro. Axne benefits most from Greenfield missing the ballot. In a year when overreaches by Iowa Republicans and opposition to President Donald Trump have energized massive numbers of women to become active in Democratic politics, Axne is the only woman left in the field. Her pitch to voters also resembled Greenfield’s in many respects, as she emphasizes the values she learned growing up, her career accomplishments, and being able to relate to average Iowans as a hard-working mom. D’Alessandro has strong support among local Democrats as well, thanks to his work on many Iowa campaigns, most

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