Iowa’s lone congressional Democrat, Rep. Cindy Axne, wants President Joe Biden to campaign with her in the Hawkeye State despite his failing poll numbers and the country being in a recession.
Axne, who votes hand-in-hand with Biden, reportedly wants the president to come back to the Hawkeye State to campaign with her after campaigning with her in April, despite a recent poll showing she is in a virtual tie with her Republican challenger.
“Joe Biden needs to be on the ground talking to folks, because when he is, they love him,” Axne told Bloomberg Government. “I hope he gets out, because America needs to see the real Joe Biden, not the one that’s stuck here all the time.”
Last week, an internal poll showed Axne and her Republican challenger, state Sen. Zach Nunn, are tied. Axne and Nunn were both at 43 percent, with 14 percent undecided. The poll was taken from July 9 to 11 with 400 likely general election voters and a five percent margin of error.
In fact, the same poll showed that the Democrat incumbent appears to be caught in the crosshairs of Biden’s failing poll numbers in the state. The same internal found Biden has an “abysmal” 37 percent job approval rating in the Hawkeye State.
On Thursday, the federal government reported that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2022, which signaled that the economy is entering a recession.
Axne has aligned herself with the Democrat leadership. As of Thursday, she has voted 100 percent of the time with Biden since he has been in office and has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 94 percent of the time in the current Congress.
Mike Berg, a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman, said, “We agree that Joe Biden and Cindy Axne should campaign together in Iowa.”
Axne is in a tough reelection battle against Republican state Sen. Zach Nunn, who had a “decisive” primary win in Iowa’s Third Congressional District. In fact, since Nunn’s win, political analysts have marked the congressional district as more vulnerable.
The seat is one of the targeted seats the Republicans are trying to flip to win back the House. After striving to win back the House in 2020, the Republicans left the Democrats with the slimmest majority in modern history and gave themselves the upper hand in the midterms.
For Republicans, winning the majority will require a net gain of only five seats in November, and much is on the line in both the House and the Senate. Losing either could mean the Democrats and Biden will have a more challenging time passing their agenda items before the next presidential election.
Currently, Republicans are projected to win between 20 and 35 seats while only needing to net five to take back the House.