“They think by staying in the center and doing status quo politics, as usual, is how to beat [Reynolds],” Glasson says. “It’s absolutely not the way to beat her because Democrats have lost 11 out of the last 14 governor races by doing that.” Glasson has the support of many Iowans who backed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.

Betty Salmon, a retired teacher, came to talk to Glasson at a campaign event in Des Moines. She says she thinks Glasson, who’s calling for Medicare for all and stricter gun control, would beat Reynolds. “She is trying to make up for a lot of lost years that we’ve been sitting on the fence and not really addressing the problems that have been building up.”