Braley sees ‘tough road ahead’ in 2014 election cycle

Among Democrats at the Polk County party convention Saturday, there was laser focus on voters.

“We have a tough road ahead of us in 2014,” U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for the Senate, told delegates gathered at lunch tables in an atrium at Lincoln High School in Des Moines.

Braley began his day of convention appearances in Polk County, which he referred to as “the mothership of Iowa Democrats.”

“There is no presidential election this cycle,” he said. “There will be no 62 Obama field offices scattered around the state of Iowa.”

Republicans, he said, have the advantage in a non-presidential year, when voters tend to be older and more conservative. Whichever of the six declared GOP candidates Republicans choose to run against Braley, “they are going to be well-funded,” he said.

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