>> As the GOP faces political headwinds in its efforts to retain control of Congress this November, union workers like Jesse Oberechling from Dubuque, Iowa, could make a difference. Union workers turned out heavily for Donald Trump in 2016, but some are now souring on the President and his party.
Reuters' reporter, Tim Reid.>> I've been in Iowa's first congressional district in the cities of Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. Now, both cities have a big union presence. A lot of these union guys say they have become disillusioned with Trump and the Republicans. They believe the Trump tax cut was a giveaway to the wealthy, they don't really believe Trump and the Republicans are on the side of the working man.
And a lot of them actually say, they only voted for Trump in 2016 because they didn't like Hillary Clinton. And with Hillary Clinton no longer on the ticket, a lot of them say they're gonna return to the Democrats.
>> Democratic congressional candidate Abby Finkenauer, is going after those union votes, using her own father in her campaign ads.>> Tough is my dad on a 16-hour shift.>> The 29-year-old has been speaking at union halls across the district, promising folks a better deal, on important issues such as wages, healthcare, and pensions.
Finkenauer now has a narrow lead against Republican incumbent Rod Blum, and shes outpacing him in fundraising.>> Everyone does better.>> Unions were once a reliable if shrinking voting block for Democrats, and now the Democratic Party is spending heavily to win back working class voters. Hammering away at Republicans in at least 30 races, pushing out ads like this one targeting Blum.
>> We don't need more deception in congress.>> The Democrats' push could be crucial, as labor households turn out on election day more consistently than the general population.