Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Iowa State Legislature
By Ballotpedia's State legislative team
|Iowa's State Legislative Elections in 2012|
|Senate seats||Contested senate seats||House seats||Contested house seats|
|26||21 (80.8%)||100||65 (65.0%)|
The State Senate is currently under Democratic control, 26 to 24. With 4 incumbents retiring for a total of eight open seats, the Iowa Senate is regarded as one of the state legislatures most likely to flip. The 100-seat house is 59-40 in favor of the Republicans, with one seat currently vacant. Of the 17 retiring incumbents, 14 are Republican.
Of the 125 incumbents up for election in 2012, 100 (80.0%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 86 of 126 (68.2%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.
Here are a few races to watch:
- District 4: Democrat Bob Jennings and Republican Dennis Guth have been in a tight race for the newly created 4th District. They have disagreed sharply primarily over social issues, with Guth going so far as to state that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa was the issue which drove him to seek public office. He supports an effort to unseat the Iowa Supreme Court Justice, David Wiggins, who cast a vote legalize.
- In District 13, incumbent Democrat Chris Hall will face current District 1 incumbent Republican Jeremy Taylor.
|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|
- 2012 elections preview: Iowa voters to select winners in congressional, state legislative primaries June 4
- 2012 Elections preview: Iowa House, Senate both see incumbents facing off March 29
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