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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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No Free Passes: States With 2 Major Party Candidates in Every US House Race

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Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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