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General Information

Election Timeline


  • March 19, 2010 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 8, 2010 - Primary elections
  • November 2, 2010 - Election day
  • Latest Polls and Updates


    Conservative Ranking


    Iowa is the 22nd least conservative state, voting 2.27% less Republican in the 2008 presidential elections than the national average.

    Partisan Trend


    Based on voting patterns since 1992, Iowa is trending DEMOCRAT in presidential elections.

    GOP Trend Ranking


    Iowa ranks 26th among the 50 states.
     

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Republican incumbent Chuck Grassley is up for a sixth term in 2010.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Chuck Grassley - Incumbent  
  • DEM Candidates

  • Roxanne Conlin  
  • Tom Fiegan - Former Iowa State Senator
  • Bob Krause - Former Iowa State Representative
  • Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Chet Culver seeks re-election for the first time in 2010.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Terry Branstad - Former Governor of Iowa  
  • Rod Roberts - Iowa State Representative
  • Bob Vander Plaats
  • DEM Candidates

  • Chet Culver - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    Competitive House Races

    District 1 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley seeks an third term in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • Ben Lange  
  • DEM Candidates

  • Bruce Braley - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    District 2 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent David Loebsack seeks an third term in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks  
  • DEM Candidates

  • David Loebsack - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    District 3 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell seeks an eighth term in 2010.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Brad Zaun - Iowa State Senator  
  • Scott Batcher
  • Jim Gibbons
  • Mark Rees
  • Dave Funk
  • Patrick Bertroche
  • Jason Welch
  • DEM Candidates

  • Leonard Boswell - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 4:  Tom Latham (R)-inc vs. Bill Maske (D)
  • District 5:  Steve King (R)-inc vs. Matthew Campbell (D)
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    Additional Information
    Current Partisan Breakdown
     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 2 GOP, 3 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 19 GOP, 31 DEM
      State House - DEM control 44 GOP, 56 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) - 5th term, up for re-election in 2014
  • House District 1:  Bruce Braley (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 2:  David Loebsack (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 3:  Leonard Boswell (D) - 7th term
  • House District 4:  Tom Latham (R) - 8th term
  • House District 5:  Steve King (R) - 4th term
  • Historical Partisan Snapshot


     
      Race 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008

    President Weak D -- Weak R -- Mod D

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Mod D -- -- Solid D
    Class 3 -- -- Solid R -- --

    Governor -- Strong D -- Strong D --

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

    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
    Senate
    Chuck Grassley - inc
    vs
    Roxanne Conlin
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    Chet Culver - inc
    vs
    Terry Branstad
    Projected Winner
    House District 1
    Bruce Braley - inc
    vs
    Ben Lange
    Projected Winner
    House District 2
    David Loebsack - inc
    vs
    Mariannette Miller-Meeks
    Projected Winner
    House District 3
    Leonard Boswell - inc
    vs
    Brad Zaun
    Projected Winner
    Special Thanks To:

    Charlie Cook
    Cook Political


    Congressional Quarterly
    CQ Politics


    D.C. Finegold Sachs
    DC's Political Report


    Dave Leip
    U.S. Election Atlas


    David Wissing
    The Hedgehog Report


    Larry Sabato
    Crystal Ball


    Richard & Tony
    The Green Papers


    Rose Institute
    Redistricting in America


    Tom Bevan and John McIntyre
    RealClearPolitics

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