The 2010 Iowa U.S. Senate race has one seat open for election. Republican Chuck Grassley is running for re-election for the Republicans. Three Democrats are seeking nomination. They include: State Assemblyman Bob Krause, former U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin, and State Senator Tom Fiegen are all running for the open seat.
The Rasmussen Report telephone survey, conducted on April 29, 2010 of 500 likely voters, found that Senator Grassley is favored by Iowan’s with a 53% support rate. The closest opponent is former U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin with a 40% support rate. The Rasmussen Report also states that 7% are either undecided or would rather vote for someone else. Support numbers for Assemblyman Bob Krause and State Senator Tom Fiegen against Grassley are significantly less than U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin. Grassley leads over Krause 57% to 31% and over Fiegen 57% to 30%.
Speaking with friends and relatives around dining room tables provide a different view point to the U.S. Senate race. Depending on the area where the individuals live, there seems to be more leaning towards putting a Democrat in the open Senate seat. Former U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin seems to be the favorite among many individuals. It seems Senator Chuck Grassley’s stand on unemployment and health care have hurt his popularity to many normally voting Republicans and a large number of Democrats.
Major political view points that will decide who will win the 2010 Iowa U.S. Senate race include health care, unemployment, global warming, and the energy bill. Iowan’s began to look seriously at a Democrat in the U.S. Senate seat when Senator Grassley went ultra-right wing concerning the health care crisis in Iowa. Grassley’s misrepresentation of “death panels” and “pulling the plug” have outraged many individuals both on the Republican and Democrat side.
The official date the Democrats will nominate their candidate is June 8th. The individuals I have spoken with concerning the Democratic opponents feel either U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin or State Assemblyman Bob Krause will be nominated. State Senator Tom Fiegen seems to be the least favored.
Iowans are watching the polls done by KCCI in Des Moines. KCCI’s poll conducted between May 3rd and May 5th show that Former State Attorney Roxanne Conlin has pulled with 9 points of Senator Grassley for possible appointment to the open U.S. Senate seat.
The final decision will be made on who will take the open 2010 U.S. Senate seat on November 2, 2010. Many more discussions will be held around dining room tables, area restaurants and other public gathering places. The debates will be interesting to hear once the official Democrat nominee is decided.
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