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Monday, July 27, 2009

John Deeth blog: CQ rates Latham, Boswell races as competitive

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth blog

Congressional Quarterly rates Iowa's 3rd and 4th districts as among the top 100 of 435 potentially competitive U.S. House races. The individual district writeups are contained in the fun interactive map. Of Boswell, CQ sums up his relatively easy 2008 win over the unnamed Kim Schmett and notes: "Yet the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has designated Boswell as a member of its 'Frontline Democrats' program, which provides additional campaign support to incumbents deemed potentially vulnerable in the 2010 campaign. The Republicans may get a comeback try by former state GOP chairman Michael Mahaffey, who narrowly lost to Boswell in an open-seat race in 1996 and has said he'll make up his mind by Labor Day about whether he'll run again." Potential opponents Mike Mahaffey and Robert Brownell, and '06 rival Jeff Lamberti, get name-dropped. But no mention at all of Ed Fallon's '08 primary challenge.

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