November 5, 2004


Bush's Victory in Iowa Highlights Trouble That Looms for Democrats in Shifting Midwest (AP, Nov 5, 2004)

Iowa had voted Democratic since 1984. Bush made a strong challenge here and in Wisconsin and Minnesota, three states the Democrats once considered their own.

"They are not Democratic states. They are competitive states," Michigan State University political science professor David Rohde said. "For the last three elections, Iowa has tracked the national popular vote."

Republicans only narrowly lost Wisconsin and Minnesota. The shift toward the GOP sends a troubling signal to Democrats who are finding once comfortable states in the upper Midwest increasingly up for grabs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 7:05 PM

When blacks tire of being abused by the John Kerrys of this world, the jig will truly be up.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 6, 2004 1:08 AM

I believe that the Iowa GOP did suffer a setback. I heard on Omaha public radio that they lost their majority status in the Iowa State Senate. I think they were up 29 to 21 and now it is 25-25 and they are doing some power sharing arrangement. This strengthens Democratic Governor Vilesack's power.

Posted by: pchuck at November 6, 2004 9:55 AM
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