Senate District 24
Registration: D 12086, R 13465, N 14553, total 40132, R +1379
Incumbent: Jerry Behn, R-Boone
finds himself in a very different place than he was his last election
cycle, both politically and geographically. Before his role in the
Senate changed to party leader, his district got reconfigured so he
loses more constituents than he keeps.
Behn keeps his Boone County
base, in fact he now has the whole county. But the old lines went south
to take in most of Dallas County, which now dominates TWO new
Behn keeps none of that high-growth Dallas turf. Instead, he
gets bits of Story and Webster and all of Hamilton and Greene. Losing
Dallas County costs Behn about 3,000 registered Republicans and turns
this into a swing district. Teacher Shelly Stotts is the Democratic
In 2008 in the old lines Behn fended off a comeback
attempt from Al Sorensen, who he'd defeated to take the seat in 1996.
The rematch was a solid 59% to 41% win.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Stotts for Senate, Behn for Senate
Behn has $83,383.94 on hand, but he's responsible for more than himself
and there's been grumbling he needs to do more. Stotts has $1,528.18.
House District 47
Registration: D 6247, R 6514, N 7238, total 20013, R +267
Incumbent: Chip Baltimore, R-Boone; comeback attempt and rematch of 2010 race
A must win for both sides: one of two districts tied for #49 Democratic/#51 Republican.
won one of 2010's biggest upsets and closest races, defeating Democrat
Donovan Olson by just 23 votes in a seat with an 1100 Democratic
registration edge. Olson is making a comeback attempt.
changes make this seat a little closer. It most of Boone County,
including the city and everything west. It drops Perry in north Dallas
county, an area that Olson won in 2010. Instead gets all of Greene
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Baltimore for Iowa House, Olson for State Representative Committee Baltimore has been active, raising $12,737.55
the June/July period on the report. Most of it's from conservative and
business PACs. He has $31,164.23 on hand. So Olson, with $2,604.92 on
hand. needs to step up his game (unless he has in the past 30 days).
House District 48
Registration: D 5839, R 6951, N 7315, total 20119, R +1112
of the odd features of Iowa Clean Redistricting is the Senate to House
move. A Senator might call that a step down, but wouldn't say so to a
House member. It's something you only see here and in term limits
states, adding more truth to the notion that Clean Redistricting is our
version of term limits.
Usually we see one or two of those a
decade, and this seat is the only one. For a while it even looked like a
2010 Senate race would be re-played as a 2012 House race. Democrat Rich
Olive, who lost the Senate race to Republican Rob Bacon, announced in
June. In September, Bacon announced in that he was making the Senate to
House move and moving here to get out of his pair-up with Bill Dix.
But in early October, Olive withdrew, and this race immediately became less interesting. Rural Ames Democrat Becky Perkovich joined the race just before the filing March deadline.
is good Republican territory, but not great. Hamilton County makes up
about half of this district. That was home base for two-term Democrat
McKinley Bailey, who lost to Stu Iverson in 2010.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Friends of Rob Bacon (Perkovich didn't raise enough to open a committee.)
Senate District 24, House District 47 & 48: District of the Day 1 - 5/26/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012