How Dave Loebsack Beat The Trump Bump

Guest post from Grant Gregory In the 2016 presidential elections, Iowa shifted away from Democrats more than any other swing state in the country, realizing a total margin shift of 15.2%. This shift yielded large losses for Democrats down the ballot as well - Democrats in Iowa’s 1st District, 3rd District, and state legislative races across the state failed to secure victories. Interestingly,...
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Dave Loebsack Barnstorming For Down-Ballot Democrats

When the dust settled from the 2014 election that devastated Democrats, Congressman Dave Loebsack was the last man standing for the party on the federal level. Many wondered at the time whether he'd step up in a new leadership role for the state party, one that had typically been taken on by other top Democrats during Loebsack's ten years in Congress. The answer during the 2016 cycle appears to ...
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Iowa GOP’s Congressional Candidate Peters Ditches Trump

Dr. Christopher Peters, the Republican candidate in Iowa's 2nd Congressional district, is announcing today that he will not vote for Donald Trump for president. His decision comes after the release of Trump's 2005 comments where he bragged about sexually assaulting women. Peters will "abstain from voting in the presidential election," according to his press release this morning. "A large number...
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A Look At Iowa Candidates’ Messages Before Post-Labor Day Sprint

The Iowa State Fair has come and gone, with another year of political candidate visits in the books. Starting Line attended nearly all the of the Soapbox speeches hosted by the Des Moines Register, but got a little distracted with fair food afterward and I didn't write them up right away. Instead, let's do a review of the Iowa candidates' speeches, which are still quite relevant as each perfectly...
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What To Watch For In Today’s Iowa Primaries

It's primary day in Iowa! Polls are open until 9:00PM, and campaigns are going all-out today to get their identified supporters to the polls. What should Iowa politics watchers keep their eye on tonight? Starting Line has a few suggestions below. You can also watch myself and The Iowa Republican's Craig Robinson do live commentary on the results tonight with the ABC 5/WOI team. We'll be coveri...
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Another Look At Updated Early Vote Numbers For The Primary

With just two weeks left before Iowa's primary elections on June 7, let's take another look at the early vote totals across the state. A lot has changed since we first discussed the numbers three weeks ago. The Secretary of State's office is posting these totals regularly now, so you can always go check yourself on their website. Also, here's the useful list of candidates running. One cavea...
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What Early Voting Numbers May Say About Iowa’s Primary Races

Early voting in Iowa's June 7th primary has now been underway for a week. Iowans can vote in person at their county auditor's office or by an absentee ballot at home. The number of those absentees are always a very interesting thing to track (especially to this former field staffer). It's one of the only public numbers you can get that gives a neutral observer a look into the campaigns. They c...
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Mark Chelgren To Drop Out Of 2nd District Race

Multiple Republican sources confirmed to Starting Line that State Senator Mark Chelgren of Ottumwa plans on dropping his bid to challenge Congressman Dave Loebsack in the 2nd District. Chelgren had not yet officially filed his nominating papers for the seat, but had made clear his intention to run. He apparently hadn't raised much or any money yet, as he did not file a campaign finance report with...
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Mark Chelgren’s Plan For 2nd Offense Immigrants: Execute Them

Mark Chelgren, Republican state senator and candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, has a rather unique immigration plan he wants to talk about. According to an interview he did with the Journal Express of Marion County, Chelgren will advocate for executing immigrants who come to the country illegally a second time after being deported. From the article: "For border security, Chelgren belie...
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Sources Report Mark Chelgren Planning Run Against Loebsack in 2nd

Iowans could see quite the interesting race for the 2nd Congressional District in 2016, as Republican State Senator Mark Chelgren of Ottumwa is reportedly planning a run against Congressman Dave Loebsack, Democrats' sole remaining member of Congress. Four Republican sources and three Democratic ones in and around the 2nd District tell Starting Line that Chelgren has been meeting with party leaders...
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