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The crowd at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Polk County Democrats/Facebook

Organizers of the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, say more than 12,200 attend Saturday's event, as 17 of the 19 Democratic presidential candidates made their pitch to voters in the state.

The big picture: The gathering comes less than 5 months ahead of the Iowa caucuses —the first to take place in the U.S.

The event coincided with 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerging as the Democratic front-runner in Iowa in a new poll. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden works the grill at the Water Works Park event. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris dances with supporters in Des Moines. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with his supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker takes a selfie. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar marches with supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke greets an event attendee. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard works the grill. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang greets event attendees. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Attendees listen to 2020 candidate Rep. Tim Ryan speak. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
An attendee puts syrup of a stack of pancakes. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential campaign signs are displayed during the event. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

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A former senior Saudi intelligence official who worked with the U.S. on counterterrorism alleged to "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed in 2014 killing the kingdom's then-monarch.

Why it matters: The claim by the exiled Saad al-Jabri, whom Saudi authorities describe as "a discredited former government official," that the crown prince, known as "MBS," allegedly said he could obtain a "ring from Russia" to carry out the attack, is one of several serious but unproven allegations he made on the CBS show.

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