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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Politically Speaking: Who might take King challenge?

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

It finally hit me driving back early this morning from covering the
Steve King congressional victory party in Odebolt — exactly why would
a Democrat want to take on King in the Iowa 5th District? The district
is so heavily Republican, what would it take to get a Dem candidate
victory? What combination of factors could ever carry a Democrat to a
win? Barack Obama won Iowa in the presidential race and brought a host
of new registered Democrats into play. The registration advantage for
Republicans over Democrats fell from about 55,000 to 44,000 over the
last six years, but it's still a considerable plus. King still got
about 60 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Rob Hubler with
nearly the same percentage as King's 2002, 2004 and 2006 wins. Hubler
traveled 225,000 miles over 20 months and ran television ads over the
last four days -- about two weeks after King first took to the

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