DES MOINES, IA (Associated Press) — Nineteen candidates are appearing at the Polk County Democratic Party Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend, an opportunity to show their organizational strength just four months out from the caucuses.
Saturday’s steak fry is part parade, part organizing show of force – and quintessentially Iowa. It began as a fundraiser for Tom Harkin’s first congressional bid, where 53 attendees could buy a steak and a foil-wrapped baked potato for $2.
Harkin is out of politics now, but the steak fry lives on as a fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic Party. This year, 11,000 people are expected to join in addition to 19 presidential candidates.