The Iowa Republican: Iowa Republicans targeting Leonard Boswell?
Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican
About a week ago, CQ Politics downgraded its rating for Iowa's third
congressional district race from Likely Democratic to Safe Democratic.
The reason for the switch in the rating is because CQ Politics
believes Iowa Republicans have failed to put forth a strong opponent
against Democrat incumbent Leonard Boswell. "The Republicans would
have a good shot at defeating seven-term Rep. Boswell if they fielded
a strong candidate. They last did that in 2006, a generally terrible
year for the GOP nationally, when state Sen. Jeff Lamberti held
Boswell to 52 percent, his lowest re-election vote share ever. But in
2008, against a little-known and underfunded Republican, Boswell won
more convincingly. His 56 percent wasn't exactly a landslide, but it
wasn't bad for a traditional swing district -- which includes
Democratic-leaning Des Moines along with more conservative rural areas
-- where the congressman outran presidential nominee Barack Obama by 2