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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Iowa State Legislature

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November 1, 2012

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%)

DES MOINES: Iowa: There are 126 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Iowa, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Central Time.[1]

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.[2]


Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election'
     Democratic Party 26 26
     Republican Party 24 23
     Vacancy 1
Total 50 50

Iowa House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 40 47
     Republican Party 59 53
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 100 100


See also