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Friday, January 08, 2010

Bleeding Heartland: Another Democrat will run in Iowa Senate district 41

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Iowa Senate Democrats will need to play a lot of defense this year, but as I'd hoped, it looks like we will be making a serious play for Senate district 41. First-term incumbent Dave Hartsuch has more in common with Steve King than with the moderate Republicans who have long flourished in Scott County. The Des Moines Register reported yesterday that Democrat Rich Clewell will run against Hartsuch. ... About six weeks ago educator Dave Thede switched parties and announced plans to run against Hartsuch as a Democrat. ... Meanwhile, Davenport businessman Roby Smith plans to challenge Hartsuch in the GOP primary. I haven't seen any report indicating whether Smith will run as a moderate alternative. Whatever the outcome of the primaries, this seat should be competitive in the fall.

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