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IOWA

iowaPopulation: 3,123,899 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 18, 2016.

Primary: June 7, 2016.

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Iowa (D+1) is a swing state, where both parties can and do compete in all statewide elections. Iowa closely defends its status as the first in the nation for Presidential nominations. It is 91% White.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 6. Iowa has gone Democratic in all Presidential elections since 1988, except for 2004. It is still considered something of a swing state.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Joni Ernst. (Pic: Congress)

Joni Ernst. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Joni Ernst (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeJoni Ernst

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2020.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Veteran and State Senator Joni Ernst (b.1970) won the open seat for the GOP in 2014, with 52%.

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Chuck Grassley. (Pic: Congress)

Chuck Grassley. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Chuck Grassley (R)
Committees: Judiciary (Chair), Agriculture, Finance, Budget.

Democratic nomineePatty Judge
Republican nominee: Chuck Grassley

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
State Representative and Congressman Chuck Grassley (b.1933) was first elected to the Senate in 1980. He took 65% in 2010. The Democrats nominated farmer and former Lieutenant Governor and State Secretary of Agriculture, Patty Judge.

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Representatives: 4 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans. An independent commission redraws the districts in Iowa. If no candidate wins more than 35% in a primary election, the nomination is made by the district convention.

Rod Blum. (Pic: Congress)

Rod Blum. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Rod Blum (R)
Committees: Budget, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeMonica Vernon
Republican nomineeRod Blum

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+5) covers the northeastern corner of the state and is 93% White. Businessman Rod Blum (b.1955) won the open seat with 51% in 2014 and has been a staunch conservative instead of carefully voting his swing district. The Dems are running businesswoman, Cedar Rapids Councilwoman and 2014 LG nominee Monica Vernon.

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Dave Loebsack. (Pic: Congress)

Dave Loebsack. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Dave Loebsack (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Dave Loeb­sack
Republican nominee: Christopher Peters

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (D+4) covers the southeastern corner of Iowa and is 90% White. Professor Dave Loebsack (b.1952) beat an incumbent Republican in 2006 and took 52% in 2014. The GOP is running surgeon Christopher Peters.

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David Young. (Pic: Congress)

David Young. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: David Young (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeJim Mowrer
Republican nomineeDavid Young

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+0) covers the southwestern corner of the state, including Des Moines and is 89% White. David Young (b.1968) was a staffer to several GOP politicians before winning this open seat with 53% in 2014. The Dems nominated veteran Jim Mowrer, who was the nominee against Steve King in 2014.

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Steve King. (Pic: Congress)

Steve King. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Steve King (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Judiciary, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeKim Weaver
Republican nominee: Steve King

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers the northwestern corner of the state and is 92% White. Contractor and State Senator Steve King (b.1949) has held it since he first won in 2002. He took 62% in 2014. The Democratic candidate is County Party Chair and trade union activist Kim Weaver.

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STATE LEVEL

Terry Branstad. (Pic: State of IA)

Terry Branstad. (Pic: State of IA)

Governor: Terry Bran­stad (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer Terry Bran­stad (b.1946) was Governor for four consecutive terms from 1983 until 1999. He made a comeback in 2010 by defeating the incumbent Democrat and took 59% in 2014. He is now the longest serving Governor in the history of the USA. He is not seeking re-election in 2018.

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IA-ltguv-Kim ReynoldsLieutenant Governor: Kim Rey­nolds (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Kim Rey­nolds

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the party’s gubernatorial nominee (but must be approved by the state convention) and is elected on the same ticket. County Treasurer and State Senator Kim Rey­nolds (b.1959) is seen as Branstad’s handpicked successor.

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Paul Pate. (Pic: State of IA)

Paul Pate. (Pic: State of IA)

Secretary of State: Paul Pate (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineePaul Pate

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Paul Pate (b.1958) held this office for one term from 1995 until 1999. He made a comeback in 2014 with 49%.

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Michael Fitzgerald. (Pic: State of IA)

Michael Fitzgerald. (Pic: State of IA)

Treasurer: Michael Fitz­gerald (D)

Democratic nominee: Michael Fitz­gerald
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Businessman Michael Fitz­gerald (b.1951) was first elected all the way back in 1982 and took 53% in 2014.

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Mary Mosiman. (Pic: State of IA)

Mary Mosiman. (Pic: State of IA)

Auditor: Mary Mosiman (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeMary Mosiman

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant Mary Mosiman (b.1962) was appointed to this office in 2013 and took 57% in 2014.

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Tom Miller. (Pic: State of IA)

Tom Miller. (Pic: State of IA)

Attorney General: Tom Miller (D)

Democratic nominee: Tom Miller
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer Tom Miller (b.1944) was first elected all the way back in 1978 and took 56% in 2014. He is currently the longest serving AG in the nation.

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Bill Northey. (Pic: State of IA)

Bill Northey. (Pic: State of IA)

Secretary of Agriculture: Bill Northey (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bill Northey

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Agricultural economist Bill Northey (b.1959) was president of the National Corn Growers Association and active in several other agricultural jobs and offices before first winning election in 2006. He took 62% in 2014.

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State Senate: 50 (26D / 24R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/2018.
State House: 100 (43D / 57R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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