Iowa caucus strategy: Presidential campaigns seek alliances

Iowa caucus strategy: Presidential campaigns seek alliances


DES MOINES — Democratic presidential campaigns are trying an old strategy to gather new supporters. But no one is admitting it’s actually working. 

Candidates and officials from Democratic presidential campaigns have told reporters in Iowa that rivals’ campaign officials have reached out about forming a caucus night alliance, in where supporters of one candidate would switch to another if their first choice didn’t get enough votes to move on to second round voting.

Andrew Yang said in a Bloomberg News roundtable that he had been contacted by other candidates about making a caucus night alliance, but that he did not plan to make a deal. 

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has not confirmed whether other campaigns have approached her, as the New York Times reported Tuesday, but she told Radio Iowa that the idea does not interest her.

Making caucus night alliances is common practice for presidential campaigns, according to former U.S. Rep. Dave Nagle, a longtime Iowa Democrat. In fact, he said front runners should try to make alliances and recommended former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s campaigns do it. 


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