This is totally different from the Chambliss announcement. Saxby was gonna get primaried, and could well have lost. Harkin would win, but it'd be a tough campaign, and since the Dems are gonna lose the senate in 2014, why bust your back to win a seat in the MINORITY
Don't bet on it. The Reps thought they were going to take back the Senate in 2012 and wound up losing two seats. The Dems will retain control of the Senate in 2014 and the Reps will be hard pressed to retain control of the House. Obama's conversion of his Organizing for America campaign organization into a populist organization supporting the progressive agenda will have a major impact on the 2014 elections. It will have $1.6 billion to spend.
The Reps are divided and dispirited. Boehner's cave on the fiscal cliff and the support of the pork filled $61 billion Sandy bill have demonstrated that the Reps lack the will to fight Obama and curb spending.
“Iowa has long been the most politically bi-polar state...they’ve been sending Harkin and Grassley back to the senate for decades...”
When I left there in 1962 they were hard core -R. Sad to see them go downhill.
Please forgive a possibly ignorant question, but I have never understood Iowa politically. It is in the farm belt, its population is 90% white, it doesn't seem like the kind of state to vote Democratic, but it does pretty often. What gives?