ICYMI: Iowa Democrats say they can reclaim U.S. House seats. Where are the challengers?
The Gazette | September 27, 2023
"In Iowa’s most competitive congressional district, the first-term Republican incumbent who won by less than a percentage point, has yet to field a single contender.
And it’s not the only seat where Iowa Democrats have had difficulty recruiting candidates as the party struggles to rebuild after bruising defeats in a state that has shifted dramatically from purple to red politically.
Over the previous five election cycles in Iowa, only three of the 17 non-incumbent candidates who eventually became their party’s nominee entered the race later than will Iowa Democrats’ candidates in the 2nd and 3rd districts for the 2024 election.
Cook Political Report rates Iowa’s 3rd District as a 'leans Republican' district. It rates Iowa’s 2nd District as 'solid Republican,' meaning the race is not considered competitive and is not likely to become closely contested.
Every challenger who eventually won the party’s nomination in the 3rd District from 2014 to 2020 entered the race between May and August of the year before the election."
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