Saturday, August 18, 2012

District Of The Day 3: Iowa Senate District 33, Iowa House District 65 & 66

Senate District 33
Registration: D 14812, R 10740, N 12495, total 38109, D +4072
Incumbent: Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids; holdover seat

Hogg picked up a newly configured House seat in 2002, then moved over to the Senate in 2006, defeating Renee Schulte 59%-41% for a Democratic gain in what had been Chuck Larson's seat. He was re-elected unopposed in 2010 and holds over till 2014.

House District 65
Registration: D 7951, R 4579, N 5752, total 18315, D +3372
Incumbent: Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids

When Hogg went to the Senate in 2006, Olson won easily with 65%. A 2008 Republican opponent quit, and Olson beat an independent in 2010. The district remains centered in southeast Cedar Rapids. On the north, Olson gives two precincts, 37 and 39, to Schulte. He gains the core of downtown and, jumping the river, Czech Village, both from Kirsten Running-Marquardt. The shifts make his solid Democratic district about 800 Democrats more solid.

July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Committee to Elect Tyler Olson

House District 66
Registration: D 6861, R 6161, N 6743, total 19794, D +700
Incumbent: Renee Schulte, R-Cedar Rapids; comeback attempt and rematch of 2008 race
Two years after her Senate loss to Hogg, Schulte came back for a landslide 13 vote House win over one-term Dem Art Staed. Democrats put her on top of the target list for 2010, but wound up playing defense instead of offense, and highly touted attorney Mark Seidl lost by an underwhelming 1100 votes.

This year, Staed is making a comeback attempt and the lines are better for him. The old district was closely divided, with a Democratic edge of 369, and Staed had won in 2006 by just 365. But as Schulte picks up two precincts to the south, she picks up 900 more Democrats. She's been high profile but can she overcome the map?

July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Concerned Taxpayers for Schulte, Committee to Elect Art Staed Schulte has been an epic fundraiser and has $40,298.20 on hand. But Staed's no slouch at $20,475.09. The high numbers indicate this is one of the top tier races.

Senate District 33, House District 65 & 66: District of the Day 1 - 6/08/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012

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