Friday, March 16, 2012

District Of The Day Reboot: Iowa Senate District 21, Iowa House District 41 & 42

Senate District 21
Registration: D 17763, R 13556, N 11318, total 42717, D +4207
Incumbent: Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines; holdover seat

This Senate district shifts a house district to the west. Half is still in southwest Des Moines. The old district went east, into Bruce Hunter's solid Democratic south side area. But this time the mappers went westward into West Des Moines. This meant a two-senator pair with Democrat Matt McCoy and Republican Pat Ward, the only pair-up in Polk.

It's polarized turf, split into a Democratic half and a Republican half. The Democratic side is more Democratic than the Republican side is Republican, and Ward immediately, on Map Day before the plan was even passed, announced that she'd move.

McCoy sees a significant loss in his partisan edge, which drops by more than 4,500. But he had plenty to spare and is still on solid ground. McCoy was re-elected easily in 2010 against a perennial candidate, anti-abortion extremist Dave Leach, and holds over till 2014.

Campaign finance reports: Committee to Elect Matt McCoy

House District 41
Registration: D 10745, R 5548, N 5029, total 21369, D +5197
Incumbent: Jo Oldson, D-Des Moines

Oldson won a three way primary for this seat in the last remapping year, 2002. She won with 65% in 2010, which is about her usual margin.The lines change little for Oldson, and increase her Democratic margin slightly. She cedes a little territory on the east to Hunter and has very clean boundaries on three sides: city limits, county line and Fleur. On the north the line stays close to University with just a little corner of Drake.

Clarke Davidson, a Ron Paul Republican Occupier, is challenging Oldson.

Campaign finance reports: Oldson for State Representative

House District 42
Registration: D 7018, R 8008, N 6289, total 21348, R +990
Incumbent: Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines

Cownie was unopposed for the GOP nomination in 2008 when Libbie Jacobs retired. He beat Democrat Alan Koslow 55%-42% in the general, with a Libertarian pulling 3%. It was a two-way race in 2010. But Koslow dropped out late, too late to get off the ballot, saying it was impossible to compete with Cownie financially. He won 34% as a name on the ballot with a D after it.

The D on the ballot this year belongs to Mike McRae of Des Moines, who is either a Drake law student or recent grad.

The district stays pretty much the same: most of the Polk part of West Des Moines, with a similar chunk in the north lopped off and put into Chris Hagenow's Clive district. The old district had 200 more Republicans.

Interestingly, geographically more than politically, Cownie picks up the tiny northwest corner of Warren County. West Des Moines annexed across the Polk-Warren line during the decade; Cownie gets that and the metropolis of Cumming.

Campaign finance reports: Cownie for Statehouse

Original post 5/23/2011 Statewide Map: Front | Back (with City Insets) | Old Senate, House

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