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Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

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Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

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QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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Iowa State Senate
Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate were held in Iowa on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 19, 2010 and the primary Election Day was on June 8, 2010.

Iowa State Senators serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the senate is up for re-election every two years.

Out of the 25 districts up for re-election, incumbents ran in 22 of them.

Democrats lost five seats in the 2010 elections, dropping them to a mere 4 seat majority in the chamber.

See also: Iowa State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Amanda Ragan
  2. Bill Anderson
  3. Bill Dix
  4. Daryl Beall
  5. David Johnson (Iowa Senate)
  6. Dennis Black
  7. Herman Quirmbach
  8. Hubert Houser
  9. Jack Hatch
  10. Joe Bolkcom
  11. Joe Seng
  12. Kent Sorenson
  13. Larry Noble
  14. Mark Chelgren
  15. Matt McCoy
  16. Nancy Boettger
  17. Rick Bertrand
  18. Robert Bacon, Iowa
  19. Robert Dvorsky
  20. Robert Hogg
  21. Roby Smith
  22. Sandra Greiner
  23. Tod Bowman
  24. Wally Horn
  25. William Dotzler

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Iowa State Senate:

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 32 27
     Republican Party 18 23
Total 50 50


Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Iowa in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 55 $5,058,528
2008 79 $6,045,502
2006 75 $7,456,412
2004 74 $7,217,102
2002 98 $4,266,190

In 2010, a total of $5,058,528 was raised in campaign contributions by those running for state senate. The top donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $1,540,045
Iowa Republican Party $607,907
Iowans for Tax Relief $112,250
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $89,750
Iowa Credit Union League $80,000
Iowa Dental Association $71,550
Iowa Bankers Association $69,500
Iowa Farm Bureau $66,779
Iowa Healthcare Association $66,250
Butler County Republican Central Cmte $61,300


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

Eight incumbents (36%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 5 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
  • 3 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 1 incumbent faced competition in the June 8 primary. One incumbent -- Republican David Hartsuch lost to his challenger, Roby Smith. The following 21 incumbents (17 Democrats, 4 Republicans) won their primaries:

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 22 incumbents (13%) ran for re-election. Of the 3 incumbents who did not seek re-election, 2 were Democrats and 1 was a Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

The Iowa Constitution states, "Senators shall be chosen for the term of four years, at the same time and place as representatives; they shall be twenty-five years of age, and possess the qualifications of representatives as to residence and citizenship."[3]

List of candidates

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Only Republican and Democratic Party candidates filed to run in Iowa's 2010 State Senate elections; see: Political parties with candidates in the 2010 legislative elections.

District 1

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Steve Warnstadt (D) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick Mullin 7,359
Republican Party Rick Bertrand 7,581 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat..
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • David Johnson (R) 6,597 Approveda Incumbent Johnson was first elected in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Johnson 17,770 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Rich Olive (D) 1,117 Approveda Incumbent Olive was first elected in 2007.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rich Olive 10,510
Republican Party Robert Bacon 12,368 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Amanda Ragan (D) 1,222 Approveda Incumbent Ragan was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Amanda Ragan 12,908Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Mills 8,452

District 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Bill Heckroth (D) 838 Approveda Incumbent Heckroth was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Heckroth 9,605
Republican Party Bill Dix 13,189 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Dotzler 10,459Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ron Welper 6,126

District 13

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Roger Stewart (D) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tod Bowman 10,017 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Andrew Naeve 9947

District 15

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.
Libertarian Party Libertarian result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Dvorsky 17,964 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Christopher Peters 6,092

District 17

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Wally Horn 1,105 Approveda Incumbent Horn was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wally Horn 13,842 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Robert Hogg 1,319 Approveda Incumbent Hogg was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Hogg 15,481Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Dennis Black 1,695 Approveda Incumbent Black was first elected in 1994.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Joe Pirillo 1,898 Approveda
  • Wes Enos 1,497
  • Michael Adams, Jr. 960

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dennis Black 13,517 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Pirillo 12,321

District 23

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Herman Quirmbach 11,767 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Timothy Gartin 10,488

District 25

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Daryl Beall (D) 1,641 Approveda Incumbent Beall was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daryl Beall 10,504 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris McGonegle 8,861

District 27

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Ron Wieck (R) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marty Pottebaum 7,744
Republican Party Bill Anderson 12,867 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Nancy Boettger (R) 5,354 Approveda Incumbent Boettger was first elected in 1994.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Nancy Boettger 16,127 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Matt McCoy (D) 1,968 Approveda Incumbent McCoy was first elected in 1996.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Matt McCoy 13,385 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dave Leach 7,064

District 33

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Jack Hatch (D) 1,545 Approveda Incumbent Hatch was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jack Hatch 10,565 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Larry Noble (R) 5,688 Approveda Incumbent Noble was first elected in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Noble 27,563 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Staci Appel (D) 1,113 Approveda Incumbent Appel was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Staci Appel 11,646
Republican Party Kent Sorenson 16,748 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Joe Bolkcom (D) 1,887 Approveda Incumbent Bolkcom was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Bolkcom 19,485 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Clewell 9,432
Republican Party Roby Smith 13,865 Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Joe Seng (D) 828 Approveda Incumbent Seng was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Seng 9,894 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Riley 5,991

District 45

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Becky Schmitz (D) 1,137 Approveda Incumbent Schmitz was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Sandra Greiner (R) 3,811 Approveda
  • Randy Besick (R) 1,261
  • Rick Marlar (R) 672
Iowa Party result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Becky Schmitz 10,196
Republican Party Sandra Greiner 11,664 Green check mark transparent.png

District 47

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Keith Kreiman (D) 2,178 Approveda Incumbent Kreiman was first elected in 2002.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Keith Kreiman 9,572
Republican Party Mark Chelgren 9,582 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Hubert Houser (R) 4,277 Approveda Incumbent Houser was first elected in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Schondelmeyer 5,281
Republican Party Hubert Houser 15,017 Green check mark transparent.png

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