Registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in Iowa for first time in six years

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April 5, 2012


Des Moines, Iowa: A push by Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) to update Iowa’s voter rolls shows there are now 3,991 more active registered Republicans in the state than Democrats. As of a month ago the rolls showed Democrats ahead by 3,325.

The new data, which was released on Monday, shows 611,990 active registered Republicans and 607,999 active registered Democrats. While the news led state GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker to declare “Iowa Turns Red!” state Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky pointed out that Iowa remains a purple state as independent voters still outnumber both parties.[1]

Democrats currently hold a slim two seat majority in the Senate, while Republicans hold a 20 seat majority in the House. Half of the Senate's 50 seats will be up for re-election, while all 100 will be up in the House. The primary takes place on June 5 with the general election on November 6.

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