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DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER: Annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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The race for the White House remains a dead heat and this week, both parties hope to gain some momentum with fundraisers and visits from their presidential and vice presidential hopefuls.

Saturday night, Iowa democrats hosted the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Party leaders including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Senator Tom Harkin were among the speakers.

They focused not only on the presidential election, but also on local candidates and issues the party believes are important to Iowa voters.

“Our message has been the same from the president to the state house races. It’s a message about economic development. It’s a message about prosperity. It’s a message about shared sacrifice and building the middle class from the middle out,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky.  

Next week, the Republican Party of Iowa will hold its own annual fundraising dinner. 

Wednesday is the Iowa GOP’s Ronald Reagan dinner. 

The event begins at 6 at the Elwell Family Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Speakers at the event include Virginia Governor Bob McConnell and national Republican Chairman Reince Priebus. 

Tickets start at $50 dollars and are still available.