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Gillibrand plans first Iowa visit

POLITICO logo POLITICO 1/11/2019 By Elena Schneider and Natasha Korecki
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was among the few prospective Democratic presidential candidates to skip Iowa during the midterm elections last fall. © Mary Altaffer/AP Photo Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was among the few prospective Democratic presidential candidates to skip Iowa during the midterm elections last fall.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pursuing a trip to Iowa next weekend, three sources with knowledge of the potential 2020 contender’s planning told POLITICO.

The New York Democrat, who just won reelection to her Senate seat last November, is planning events in Iowa as well as courting on-the-ground staffers in the first presidential caucus state.

Gillibrand was among the few prospective Democratic presidential candidates to skip Iowa during the midterm elections last fall. Her plans come after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) toured the state amid at-capacity crowds last weekend. While Warren has filed for an exploratory presidential committee, Gillibrand has not formally announced 2020 plans.

"I'm definitely thinking about it, of course," Gillibrand told CNN in December. "I'm going to think about it over the holidays with my children and my husband, and I will make a decision soon."

Gillibrand’s campaign could not be reached for comment.

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