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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Competitive race coming in Iowa Senate district 9

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

First-term Democratic State Senator Bill Heckroth of Waverly announced
yesterday that he will seek re-election in Iowa Senate district 9,
which includes Butler and Bremer counties, along with parts of Black
Hawk and Fayette counties. After the jump I've posted Heckroth's press
release, containing background on his career and his achievements in
the legislature. Senate district 9 is one of the Iowa GOP's better
pickup opportunities next year. Traditionally, Republicans have had a
voter registration edge in this district, although I don't know the
current numbers. Republican Bob Brunkhorst represented Senate district
9 before retiring in 2006. Heckroth won the open-seat contest against
Tom Hoogestraa by a reasonably comfortable margin of 1,346 votes, or
52.4 percent to 46.5 percent. Then again, 2006 was a Democratic wave
election.

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