DES MOINES —
Latham, 64, said the personal attacks made the race "a different campaign than most that I've been a part of."
In the 2nd Congressional district that covers southeastern Iowa, an attack ad aired by three-term representative Loebsack, 59, shook up an otherwise predictable race. The ad accused Archer, a John Deere attorney, of being involved in the company's decision to ship jobs to Mexico in the 1990s — but that was before Archer worked there. Archer, 40, accused Loebsack of unfairly criticizing John Deere, one of the region's biggest employers.
In northeastern Iowa, Braley held off challenger Lange, a 33-year-old Independence lawyer, who was just 4,200 votes short of upsetting Braley in 2010.
Braley, 55, promoted himself as a champion of veterans and the middle class who is working to improve the economy. Lange attacked Braley for voting for the health care law, which he claimed included a $716 billion cut to Medicare that is "endangering Iowa seniors."