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February 28, 2013

Why Iowa Is So Important for Senate Republicans

First Read explains why yesterday's decision by Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) not to run for Senate in Iowa -- opening a much clearer path for Rep. Steve King (R-IA) -- is so important: "If you take this seat off the map for Republicans - and it's very premature to do that - then they almost have to run the table on all their other Senate opportunities to win back the Senate."

"Remember, Republicans have to pick up six seats to take control of the upper chamber. If you give them West Virginia (Rockefeller retiring) and South Dakota (possible Tim Johnson retirement), then Republicans still needs to win four out of these five seats where Dems are probably running for re-election: Alaska (Begich), Arkansas (Pryor), Louisiana (Landrieu), Montana (Baucus), and North Carolina (Hagan). In other words, if Iowa is in play for Republicans, they don't need to knock off as many Dem incumbents. If it isn't in play, then they almost have to run the table."

"One other point here: King would probably have little chance of winning a Senate contest in a presidential year, but he does have a chance in a midterm cycle, so folks ought to be careful making assumptions."


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