“I know a lot of people who don’t want to vote for Donald Trump but don’t necessarily want to vote for the presidential version of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez,” she said, referring to the recently elected progressive congresswoman from New York. “I think we forget those people are out there.”

But about 80 miles away, union organizer Eli Shepherd pointed to the thousands of people flocking to a Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Iowa as proof that the self-described democratic socialist is best positioned to beat the Republican now in the White House.

“People get brought in (to the campaign) because it’s something they deeply care about,” Shepherd said. “When there’s a campaign that’s actually focused on that, that’s what’s exciting, that’s what’s transformative, that’s how you win.”