This is a critical battle for equality in Iowa as the Democrats hold only the thinnest majority in the state senate. If the Republican candidate wins, it will be a tie, meaning the Republican Governor, Branstad, will break tied votes.An enormous amount of out-of-state money has poured into Iowa for both candidates.If the Republicans take control of the state senate, it's assumed a first priority is to start the (muliti-year) process of instituting a ban on marriage equality which Iowans have enjoyed for more than two and a half years.
"With the first two of 40 precincts counted, Democrat Liz Mathis is winning a special Iowa Senate race in eastern Iowa. Mathis has 5,426 votes compared to Republican Cindy Golding’s 2,110 votes, according to the Linn County Auditor’s office."
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Another battle this evening is the special election held in Linn County (Cedar Rapids), IA. A special election today to replace Democrat Swati Dandekar, whom Republican Governor Terry Branstad appointed to a committee position. Early returns are showing:
While I share your general enthusiasm, states like ours (Virginia) are going to be tough. We lost seats in house and senate (and I think we lost the last senate seat to bring it to 20-20, but that result isn't officially in yet.)The purples are going to be real battles.We will do all we can here 8-)
I think the Republicans are in for a drubbing in 2012. And that Obama will win fairly handily.
Say what you mean.
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