WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar, whose campaign is gaining strength as the primary field shrinks, returns to Chicago on Monday for three fundraisers.
Klobuchar is not in the top tier of Democratic rivals — but she is not at the bottom either, and polls show she is gaining in Iowa, the state with the first 2020 vote. The latest WHDH 7 News/Emerson College Iowa Poll shows her up to 10%, a jump from the 1% she was at in October.
Her pragmatic politics has kept her in the game; she will be on the stage for the sixth Democratic debate Dec. 19 in Los Angeles. A strong performance in the November debate in Atlanta gave her campaign a boost.
Klobuchar is a University of Chicago Law School graduate and been stopping in Chicago for presidential fundraising.
On Monday, according to invitations obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Klobuchar has two events downtown followed by a third in north suburban Glencoe:
•There will be a 2 p.m. coffee reception at Grosvenor Capital Management where the co-hosts include Grosvenor executive Paul Meister.
•After that, a 5 p.m. cocktail reception at Clayco, the construction company. The hosts include people close to ex-President Barack Obama: Bob Clark, the Clayco Executive Chairman, and his wife, Jane; and Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki. Heyman was Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to Canada.
•The last fundraiser is a 7 p.m. reception at a home in Glencoe, with the hosts again Stephen and Karen Malkin; Paul and Jill Meister; and real estate executives David and Susie Sherman.