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Conservative Ranking


Iowa is the 31st most conservative state, voting 1.8% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Iowa's partisan trend is STEADY.

GOP Trend Ranking


Iowa ranks 29th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

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    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin is running for a 6th term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Christopher Reed  
  • George Eichhorn - Former Iowa State Representative
  • Steven Rathje

    DEM Candidates

  • Tom Harkin - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    No competitive races in 2008
     
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Bruce Braley (D)-inc vs. David Hartsuch (R)
  • District 2:  David Loebsack (D)-inc vs. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R)
  • District 3:  Leonard Boswell (D)-inc vs. Kim Schmett (R)
  • District 4:  Tom Latham (R)-inc vs. Becky Greenwald (D)
  • District 5:  Steve King (R)-inc vs. Rob Hubler (D)
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    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • January 3, 2008 - Presidential caucus
  • March 14, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 3, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 2 GOP, 3 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 20 GOP, 30 DEM
      State House - DEM control 47 GOP, 53 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Chet Culver (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Patty Judge (D) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Chuck Grassley (R) - 5th term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Junior Senator:  Tom Harkin (D) - 4th term, up for re-election in 2008
  • House District 1:  Bruce Braley (D) - 1st term
  • House District 2:  David Loebsack (D) - 1st term
  • House District 3:  Leonard Boswell (D) - 6th term
  • House District 4:  Tom Latham (R) - 7th term
  • House District 5:  Steve King (R) - 3rd term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Weak DEM -- Weak GOP --

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Mod DEM -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Solid GOP --

    Governor -- Strong DEM -- Strong DEM

    House 4 GOP - 1 DEM 4 GOP - 1 DEM 4 GOP - 1 DEM 2 GOP - 3 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Strong GOP Strong GOP Strong DEM
    CD-2 Strong GOP Mod GOP Solid GOP Weak DEM
    CD-3 Solid DEM Mod DEM Strong DEM Mod DEM
    CD-4 Solid GOP Strong GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP
    CD-5 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Iowa Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
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    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
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    Tom Harkin - inc
    vs
    Christopher Reed
    Projected Winner
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