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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: The shrinking Republican tent

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Iowa's second Congressional district is the most Democratic-leaning of
our five districts. It has a partisan voting index of D+7, which means
that in any given year, we would expect this district to vote about 7
point more Democratic than the country as a whole. In 2008, Dave
Loebsack won re-election in IA-02 with about 57 percent of the vote
against Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who couldn't crack 40 percent. Today
Republican blogger Craig Robinson previews the GOP primary to take on
Loebsack. His piece is a good reminder of how small the Republican
tent has become in a district once represented by Jim Leach. ... Let's
review a few salient facts. The most Democratic-leaning House district
held by a Republican is Louisiana's second (D+25), but Joseph Cao won
that seat primarily because of incumbent William Jefferson's massive

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