CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa’s newest political star — even if she hasn’t yet won an election.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will stump with DeJear on Sunday. And Sen. Kamala Harris of California will make her Iowa debut Monday alongside DeJear.
Even by Iowa standards, this is a lot of high-wattage attention being paid to a 32-year-old who was not yet won her campaign for secretary of state.
The spotlight reflects the excitement surrounding the woman who is the first African American to win a primary for statewide office in vastly white Iowa.