Warren picks up key endorsement from Iowa state treasurer

Warren picks up key endorsement from Iowa state treasurer
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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report MORE (D-Mass.) picked up an important endorsement Wednesday from Michael Fitzgerald, Iowa’s longtime state treasurer.

Fitzgerald is the longest-serving state treasurer in the country, and one of the last two uncommitted Democratic officials elected statewide in Iowa.  

Fitzgerald’s endorsement is Warren’s sixth from an Iowa state official.

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A new poll released Wednesday by the Democratic group Focus on Rural America found Warren in a virtual tie with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore HuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady MORE among Iowa Democrats.

Iowa is a critical state for Warren, who with a victory in the caucuses next year could turbocharge her campaign.

In explaining his endorsement, Fitzgerald told The Associated Press that Warren “can address the biggest problems we have, and that is the hollowing out of the middle class. She’s clear, you understand her message, and I want her fighting for me and all of us.”

If history means anything, then the endorsement could prove pivotal for Warren.

In 2007, Fitzgerald was an early endorser of then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy payroll tax cut opponents may want to reconsider Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' MORE (D-Ill.), who went on to win the Iowa caucuses.

Warren and her fellow candidates will be back in Iowa this weekend for the Polk County Democratic Party Steak Fry, a significant fundraising event as the countdown to the Iowa Democratic caucuses begins to enter the homestretch.