Challenges for Finkenauer after Iowa Senate ballot woes

Election 2022 Iowa Senate
Posted at 4:28 PM, May 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-14 17:28:51-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Abby Finkenauer’s bid to clinch the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa wasn’t supposed to be so fraught.

She built a wunderkind reputation in the Legislature before toppling a Republican congressman in 2018.

She was the second-youngest woman elected to Congress, helping Democrats retake control of the House that year.

But her Senate campaign faced unexpected trouble last month when, at least for a moment, it appeared she wouldn’t be allowed to compete in the June 7 primary.

A judge found errors in her nominating petitions after Republican activists challenged her filings.

Some Democrats blame her for quickly blaming political motivations and not acknowledging her campaign’s organizational mistakes.

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