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Return to Iowa Offers Clinton a Chance to Help Democrats, Including Herself

Ready for Hillary has already signed up backers in all 99 Iowa counties and has 250 volunteers at 84 county conventions. It has run phone and email drives to promote the steak fry and rented a billboard near the Des Moines airport.

Mitch Stewart, director of Mr. Obama's field operations in Iowa in 2008, said it was important to remember how unusual that election was. "She got 70,000 people to caucus for her," he said of Mrs. Clinton. "By any other standard, it would have been a gigantic success."

Mr. Stewart, who now advises Ready for Hillary, said several early supporters of Mr. Obama had already signed up to support Mrs. Clinton in 2016, including State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids and Jackie Norris, who was Mr. Obama's Iowa caucus director.

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