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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: An early look at the 2010 Iowa Senate races

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Conservative blogger Craig Robinson argued last week that "Iowa
Republicans Have Plenty of Opportunity in the State Senate" in 2010.
The GOP has almost nowhere to go but up. Republicans currently hold 18
of the 50 seats in the Iowa Senate, fewer than at any previous time in
this state's history. After making gains in the last four general
elections, Democrats now hold 19 of the 25 Iowa Senate seats that will
be on the ballot in 2010. Also, several Democratic incumbents are in
their first term, having won their seats during the wave election of
2006. To win back the upper chamber, Republicans would need a net gain
of seven seats in 2010, and Robinson lists the seven districts where
he sees the best chances for the GOP. I generally agree with John
Deeth's view that only a few Senate districts are strong pickup
opportunities for Republicans next year.


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