Des Moines – The Republican Party is conceding a record number of Iowa House seats to the Democrats in 2014 before any voting has started this cycle, as the GOP was not able to field candidates in 32 of the Iowa’s 100 state House districts.
The University of Minnesota found “Hawkeye State Republicans failed to field a candidate in a party record of 32 districts in 2014…. the 32 house districts left fallow by the Republicans in 2014 is double the number of districts without a GOP candidate in 2012 (16) and quadruple the number from 2010 (eight).”
Des Moines Register // Jason Noble
Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa House will leave more seats uncontested this year than they have in decades, according to a new analysis.
As of last month’s deadline for candidate filing, Republicans did not field a candidate in 32 of Iowa’s 100 state House districts, while Democrats left 26 unchallenged.
For the GOP, that’s probably the most ever. According to research from University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier, the previous high for seats uncontested by Republicans dating back to 1903 was 23, which happened in both 2004 and 2006.
Those 32 seats surrendered without a fight are more than the Republicans gave up in the 45 years between 1903 and 1948 combined. During that period, Republicans failed to put a candidate on the ballot in just 31 out of 2,476 races.
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