Will GOP Change? Watch Iowa
Democratic Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa announced his retirement last week. Iowa is the very definition of a swing state and the GOP may have a stark choice for it’s 2014 nominee between Reps Steve King and Tom Latham. Nate Silver lays out the choice:
The leading G.O.P. candidates are thought to be the two Republicans who currently serve in Iowa’s delegation to the House, Steve King and Tom Latham. Mr. Latham has repeatedly been elected from swing districts, and has a relatively moderate track record. According to the statistical system DW-Nominate, he was more moderate than about 80 percent of Republicans in the House based on his voting record through 2010.
Mr. King, in contrast, rated in the 90th percentile for conservatism among Republican representatives, according to the same system. He also has a history of drawing attention to himself with provocative statements on issues ranging from gay marriage to immigration.
Let’s go King! Please follow in the footsteps of Mourdock, Akin, Angle, and O’Donnell!