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In Iowa, Democrats see 2020 as head vs. heart moment

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, F...
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, supporters cheer as they listen to then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. at a ral...
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ba...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, F...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, supporters cheer as they listen to then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. at a ral...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ba...

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Barack Obama's earliest supporters in Iowa are setting aside the romance of his surprise 2008 caucus victory and focusing on who can seize the presidency from Donald Trump.

In Iowa, where Democrats look back wistfully on his Cinderella rise, uniform antipathy for Trump and the divisive 2016 Democratic caucuses between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have party activists thinking more with their heads than their hearts at the onset of the 2020 campaign.

Some say it's foolish to try to recreate the Obama phenomenon. Cedar Rapids Obama organizer Dale Todd says such an effort would be "false."

As many as two dozen Democrats may be vying for support in the caucuses, scheduled for February 2020, a little more than 13 months away.