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The Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Heads to Iowa

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Protesters gather outside a McDonald's in Chicago during a nationwide day of protests organized by the SEIU-backed Fight for $15 movement on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Photograph by Chicago Tribune TNS via Getty Images

The final GOP debate in Iowa before the state caucus won’t just attract Republican supporters.

The national minimum wage movement Fight for $15 has organized the first-ever Iowa strike for fast-food workers to take place throughout Thursday. In the evening, fast-food workers will march to the Iowa Events Center, where the Fox News debate will take place.

The strike aims to boost Iowa’s minimum wage to $15, where Fight for $15 told Bloomberg that almost half of workers are paid less than $15 dollars per hour. So far, the movement has found success in cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles. And last November, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced he’d raise the minimum wage for all state workers to $15.

Though Fight for $15 has gained widespread Democratic support, they aren’t likely to find much sympathy outside of the Republican debate. In November, Fight for $15 protestors gathered outside of a Republican debate in Milwaukee and candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio all spoke out against raising the minimum wage.