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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 …


Final Race In Our Series Of 5 Senate Races Crucial For Control: Breakdown of SD 26

The Candidates

Merlin Bartz (R)  vs. Mary Jo Wilhelm (D)

Two sitting senators square off here.  Sen. Merlin Bartz is in his second stint in the Iowa Legislature.  He served one term in the Iowa House, moved up to the Iowa Senate, resigned after 8 years to join the Department of Agriculture, and finally got elected back to the senate in 2008.

Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm formerly served on the Howard County Board of Supervisors, started her own residential appraisal business, and was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

The District

Our final race takes us to Northern Iowa’s Senate District 26, where five whole counties (Worth, Chickasaw, Floyd, Mitchell, and Howard), as well as parts of Winneshiek and Cerro Gordo, make …


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