Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager, Mike Henry, suggested in a campaign memo that Hillary Clinton should completely pull out of Iowa and focus on the states voting on February 5th. The memo makes one assertion that Clinton will have to spend $15 million in Iowa, leaving only $5 million to $10 million for the February 5th contests. Rick Klein of ABC News points out, “How well is second-quarter fund-raising going if Henry is worried that spending $15 million in the Hawkeye State would leave only $5 million to $10 million to spend in the states that vote Feb. 5?” In response to all the news, Clinton has firmly stated she will be competing in Iowa.
Henry emphasizes that the nomination process this election cycle is different, and that a candidate can perform well in the large states voting early to wrap up the nomination. However, Henry calls on Clinton to “to step up your trips to [New Hampshire], [South Carolina], and [Nevada]”. So, it seems Henry’s strategy isn’t just about focusing energy on states with large numbers of delegates, but also passing over Iowa because of Clinton’s low poll numbers there.