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Iowa Congressional Delegation Split in Its Endorsements

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Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack—in his first term representing Iowa's 2nd District—endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president today, to make an even 1-1-1 split among the top Democratic rivals - reflective of the close 3-way race heading into the last few weeks before the January 3rd caucuses.

Last Friday, Hillary Clinton received the nod from 6-term Democrat Leonard Boswell (IA-03). Earlier in the month, on December 3rd, John Edwards received the endorsement of 1-term Democratic Representative Bruce Braley (IA-01).

On the Republican side, 3-term Representative Steve King (IA-05) endorsed Fred Thompson today. King is one of the leading proponents of tough immigration reform on the Hill, but did not endorse his colleague and fellow crusader Congressman Tom Tancredo, who is polling in 7th place in Iowa in most surveys.

The only Representative from the Hawkeye State who has not yet endorsed a presidential candidate is 7-term Republican Tom Latham (IA-04).

Other prominent Iowa office holders have said they do not plan to make a caucus endorsement, including Republican Senator Charles Grassley and Democratic Governor Chet Culver. Iowa's first lady, Mari Culver, lent her endorsement today to Edwards.

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Seeing Red

Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


Home Field Advantage?

When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


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