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Friday, July 11, 2008

John Deeth Blog: 37 legislative seats uncontested by major parties

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

An uncontested political race is like a forfeit in sports. It helps
the won-loss record, but it's no fun for the fans and, even though
it's the other team's fault, feels vaguely unsportsmanlike. There's
125 ballgames this fall in the battle for the Iowa Legislature. More
players may yet get on the field, but as of the primary, one of the
big two teams is forfeiting the fight in 38 of those contests. Parties
have until Aug. 15 to nominate legislative candidates by convention.
Minor party and independent candidates have the same deadline.
Unopposed seats are a dirty little open secret of politics. Neither
political party responded to requests for a post-primary update.


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