2012 elections review: Republican convention required to select candidate for Iowa House
The fast-moving primary season of May and June continued with elections in Iowa yesterday.
|Contested Primaries in Iowa -- June 5, 2012|
| U.S. House
| State Legislature |
|Total Democratic Contested Primaries||1 (25%)||10 (7.94%)|
|Total Republican Contested Primaries||2 (50%)||36 (28.57%)|
Iowa's congressional races saw few surprises, as most incumbents won their primaries easily and without competition.
Incumbents Bruce Braley (D) of the 1st District, Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R) of the 3rd District, and Steve King (R) of the 4th District all ran unopposed in their respective primaries yesterday. Braley will face Republican candidate Ben Lange in the general election after Lange defeated Rod Blum in the Republican primary.
In the 2nd District, incumbent Dave Loebsack (D) defeated challenger Joe Seng, a current state Senator, in the Democratic primary. On the Republican ticket, John Archer defeated Dan Dolan to advance to the general election. Archer will face Loebsack in the general election to decide the 2nd District seat.
In the 3rd District, incumbents Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R) will face off for the seat in the general election after advancing unopposed through the primaries. As a result of redistricting, Iowa lost its 5th Congressional District. The incumbent from that district, Steve King, is now seeking re-election in the 4th District. Latham, who previously represented the 4th District, moved out of the district to Clive, IA. The move allows him to run in the 3rd District and take on Democratic incumbent Boswell rather than face a Republican primary battle against King.
Iowa's former first lady Christie Vilsack and incumbent Steve King, from the now defunct 5th District, will face off in the general election after running unopposed in their respective primaries in the 4th District. Even though each faced no competition in their respective primaries, the race has already started to heat up. Both candidates have already started to raise significant amounts of campaign funds in preparation for the heated general election battle for the 4th District seat. Vilsack reportedly had more than $900,000 on hand at the end the March, and King has more than $1 million on hand as of May 2012.
|Members of the U.S. House from Iowa -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Most of the primary races were uneventful with few surprises. One incumbent lost, in a battle between two sitting lawmakers.
The most interesting result came from District 37. No GOP candidate received the required 35% of the vote in the primary. Therefore, a convention will be held in order to select a candidate for the general election. Jim Robidoux came the closest, receiving 34% of the vote in the primary.
- Incumbent Erik Helland lost to challenger Jake Highfill in the District 39 primary.
- Incumbent Annette Sweeney lost to fellow incumbent Pat Grassley in the District 50 primary.
|Iowa State Senate|
|Party||As of November 5, 2012||After the 2012 Election'|
|Iowa House of Representatives|
|Party||As of November 5, 2012||After the 2012 Election|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2012
- Iowa State Senate elections, 2012
- Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012
- KCCI "June 5 Iowa State Primary Results" accessed June 5, 2012
- Iowa Secretary of State Elections Division, "Election Results 2012" accessed June 5, 2012
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- Des Moines Register, "Filing deadline makes official big battles in Iowa's 3rd, 4th Districts" accessed March 19, 2012
- Des Moines Register, "King has more than $1 million on hand for race against Vilsack" accessed May 23, 2012
- Ankeny Patch, "Koester, Robidoux Win Ankeny GOP Primaries," June 5, 2012