The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

2012 Election Coverage

November 6, 2012

Iowa voters engaged, but glad to see end to ads

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DES MOINES —

Her victory would be historic: She would be Iowa's first woman in Congress.

The races in the 1st and 2nd Districts lean toward incumbent Democrats because of a slight voter registration edge. Democrat Bruce Braley is facing a rematch with 2010 Republican challenger Ben Lange in the 1st District, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack moved to Iowa City in order to remain in the 2nd District, where he's facing Republican attorney John Archer.

Voters have been engaged this year, setting a record for early voting with more than 640,000 absentee or in-person ballots cast by last weekend.

The state legislative races may result in the biggest changes, though. Republicans are hoping to win a majority in the state Senate, which would let them move ahead with an ambitious agenda backed by GOP Gov. Terry Branstad that calls for tax cuts, education changes and social policy moves related to abortion and same-sex marriage.

The gay marriage issue also is reflected in a judicial retention vote for David Wiggins, one of the Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined in a 2009 ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages.

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