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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Boswell's 1996 opponent may want a rematch

Excerpted from this post at BLOGNAME

Former Iowa GOP chairman Mike Mahaffey told CQ Politics that he is
thinking about running against Representative Leonard Boswell in
Iowa's third Congressional district next year. (Hat tip to WHO's Dave
Price.) Boswell barely defeated Mahaffey in his first bid for Congress
in 1996. CQ Politics highlights a big obstacle for Mahaffey if he runs: "A
Boswell-Mahaffey rematch after a 14-year hiatus would also take place
on quite different turf from their first race. The 3rd District in
1996 was located mainly in southern Iowa and was heavily rural." ... It
will take a lot to convince me that Mahaffey, a small-town lawyer and
part-time Poweshiek County attorney, poses a serious threat to Boswell
in a district dominated by Polk County. So far IA-03 doesn't seem to
be on anyone's list of competitive U.S. House districts.

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