Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 7:58 AM EDT
Washington Republicans have been talking up their chances of retaking the House of Representatives for months, and the National Republican Congressional Committee claims many recruiting successes in competitive House districts. However, before this week Republican primary voters had already rejected NRCC favorites in ID-01, KY-03, PA-04 and AL-05.
After last night we can add IA-02 and IA-03 to the list of districts where the NRCC sure doesn't know how to pick 'em.
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Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM EDT
The National Republican Campaign Committee announced more moves in its "Young Guns" program today. Two of the districts affected are in Iowa.
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Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 4:00 PM EST
Candidates for federal office may file nominating papers in Iowa from March 1 to March 19. As many as seven Republican candidates may be competing for the chance to face seven-term Representative Leonard Boswell in Iowa's third district this year. John Deeth
noticed yesterday that Scott Batcher was the first to file for the Republican nomination in IA-03. Batcher's campaign website highlights extensive experience in business, including 15 years as a healthcare consultant. He's been running a low-profile campaign, but collected enough signatures "at high school basketball games and coffee shops" to attempt to qualify for the ballot.
Five declared Republican candidates
have filed Federal Election Commission reports on fundraising for the IA-03 race, so I assume they will follow through and qualify for the ballot: Jim Gibbons, Brad Zaun, Dave Funk, Mark Rees and Pat Bertroche. A seventh Republican, Jason Welch, was rumored to be getting into this race too, but what turns up on Google searches as Welch's official website hasn't been working when I've clicked on it.
The second Congressional district Republican primary will be nearly as crowded, with
four declared candidates likely to qualify for the ballot: Rob Gettemy, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Chris Reed and Steve Rathje. (So far only Rathje has filed nominating papers.) Gettemy just announced his candidacy this week and has ties to some heavy Republican hitters in the Cedar Rapids area.
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