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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:59 PM

from Martin O'Malley:On Tuesday, now-Senator Jim Lykam won his special election to the Iowa State

Senate seat. A silver lining at the end of a tough year.

It was an honor -- cancelled flights, sub-zero temperatures and all -- to campaign with Jim in Davenport last week.
With your help, I will continue to travel across the country to help elect progressive Democrats to office. The strength of our Party lies with the grassroots. We must remobilize and rebuild from the bottom-up. 2016 may have been a setback. But 2017 is our path back to victory.'

Democrats suffered big losses Nov. 8 in Iowa, and party leaders are hoping the state Senate race will be the first step toward rebounding fortunes.

O’Malley echoed that, telling activists, “It is not how low you go, it is how high you bounce.”

Lykam is facing Republican Mike Gonzales and Libertarian Severin Gilbert in the Senate race, which is in a district that leans Democratic.

In the aftermath of the election, O'Malley told reporters the left needs to focus its attention on economic issues. And he criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of labor, saying he opposes the minimum wage, collective bargaining and even has a mindset against higher wages.

"Our challenge as a party now without a leader is to become more disciplined as a network in bringing everything back to wages and jobs and a stronger and growing American middle class,” O'Malley said. Trump’s choices, he said, are not consistent with that goal.'


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