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How The Iowa Senate Was Lost: Part 2 of 2

((Click here to read Part 1 from the beginning))

Picking up where we left off in Part 1, here is a look at the last two Senate defeats we are reviewing.

SD 30— Reisetter (R) defeated by Danielson (D)

A few factors made this seat a tough one to pick off for Republicans from the jump.  For starters, besides having the advantage of incumbency, Danielson was pretty much a perfect candidate for this district on paper.  Added to this was the presidential election with University of Northern Iowa students and faculty representing a significant portion of the district.  The youth vote always favors Democrats and was going to be fairly high (more on this in a moment).

Of all the races on this list …


The 5 Senate Races Crucial For Control: Breakdown of SD 30

The Candidates

Jeff Danielson (D)  vs.  Matt Reisetter (R)

The incumbent Democrat Jeff Danielson is a veteran, a graduate of UNI, and a fire fighter in the community—so in short he is a perfect candidate on paper.  Matt Reisetter (rhymes with “Easter”) ran and almost won a House seat in 2006.  He is also a UNI graduate and for the last few years has worked for Bob Vander Plaats at The Family Leader, leaving the organization at the beginning of 2012 to start a consulting firm called SDG Solutions.

The District

Senate District 30 is an easy one to envision—basically think Cedar Falls and you pretty much have it.  This is another district where map day left a sitting Democrat with a registered voter …


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