United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2010

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Map of the Iowa congressional districts' results

The 2010 House elections in Iowa occurred on November 2, 2010 and elected the members of the State of Iowa's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013. Iowa has five seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.

These elections were held concurrently with the United States Senate elections of 2010 (including one in Iowa), the United States House elections in other states, and various state and local elections. All five of Iowa's incumbent representatives were re-elected.


Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 597,414 53.9% 2 2 0
Democratic 479,874 43.3% 3 3 0
Libertarian 8,443 0.76% 0 0 0
Independent 20,860 1.88% 0 0 0
Totals 1,106,591 100.00% 5 5


District 1[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Iowa District 1 map.png

Campaign[edit]

In this liberal-leaning district based in northeastern Iowa, incumbent Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley ran for a third term against Republican attorney Ben Lange, Libertarian Rob Petsche, and independent candidate Jason Faulkner. Though Braley was overwhelmingly re-elected to his second term two years prior, the anti-Democratic mood in the country contributed to the Congressman experiencing a tough fight for re-election. The race attracted the attention of both national party organizations, and thousands of dollars were reserved for airtime by the DCCC and the NRCC. Though Braley emerged victorious on election day, it was by a slim 4,000 vote and two percent margin, which was the thinnest margin of victory out of the entire Iowa congressional delegation.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Bruce Braley (D) Ben Lange (R) Undecided
Voter/Consumer Research August 31-September 3, 2010 50% 39% -

Results[edit]

Iowa's 1st congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Braley (inc.) 104,428 49.51%
Republican Ben Lange 100,219 47.52%
Libertarian Rob J. Petsche 4,087 1.94%
Independent Jason A. Faulkner 2,092 0.99%
Write-ins 76 0.04%
Totals 210,902 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Iowa District 2 map.png

Campaign[edit]

In a rematch from 2008, incumbent Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack faced Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks when he ran for a third term in this southeastern Iowa-based district, the most liberal of the congressional districts in the state. Polling indicated that the race would be close, and both parties’ congressional campaign committees spent on television advertisements, but ultimately, Congressman Loebsack defeated Miller-Meeks by a 10,000 vote, five percent margin.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered David Loebsack (D) Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) Gary Sicard (L) Undecided
Tarrance Group October 18–19, 2010 44% 45% 1% 11%
Tarrance Group September 13–14, 2010 41% 40% 6% 13%
Voter/Consumer Research August 31-September 3, 2010 47% 39% - -
Susquehanna Polling and Research June 23–25, 2010 46% 41% - -

Results[edit]

Iowa's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Loebsack (inc.) 115,839 50.99%
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 104,319 45.92%
Libertarian Gary Sicard 4,356 1.92%
Constitution Jon Tack 2,463 1.08%
Write-ins 198 0.09%
Totals 227,175 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 3[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Iowa District 3 map.png

Campaign[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell ran for an eighth term in this marginally liberal district that includes parts of the Waterloo – Cedar Falls metropolitan area, metro Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids. Congressman Boswell, who has faced difficult elections every year, faced Republican State Senator Brad Zaun in the general election. Though early polling indicated that Boswell was in trouble, he managed to turn the tide and edged out Zaun by a four percent margin.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Leonard Boswell (D) Brad Zaun (R) Undecided
The Hill/ANGA October 19–21, 2010 49% 37% 11%
Anzalone Liszt Research October 2–5, 2010 47% 38% -
Bennett, Petts and Normington October 3–4, 2010 49% 41% -
Voter/Consumer Research August 31-September 3, 2010 48% 39% 8%
American Action Forum August 16–18, 2010 41% 51% 8%
Victory Enterprises August 4–5, 2010 38% 45% -
Victory Enterprises June 17, 2010 32% 41% -

Results[edit]

Iowa's 3rd congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell (inc.) 122,147 50.73%
Republican Brad Zaun 111,925 46.49%
Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 6,258 2.60%
Write-ins 426 0.18%
Totals 240,756 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 4[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Iowa District 4 map.png

Campaign[edit]

Though Republican Congressman Tom Latham represents a centrist district, he has never had much trouble winning re-election since he was first elected in 1994. This year, Congressman Latham faced the Democratic nominee, Bill Maske, a school superintendent, and independent candidate Dan Lensing. Latham was never in peril of losing his seat and managed to crush Maske and Lensing to win a ninth term in Congress.

Results[edit]

Iowa's 4th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Latham (inc.) 152,588 65.62%
Democratic Bill Maske 74,300 31.95%
Independent Dan Lensing 5,499 2..36%
Write-ins 132 0.07%
Totals 232,519 100.00%
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Iowa District 5 map.png

Campaign[edit]

Congressman Steve King, a Republican, represents the most conservative district in Iowa, which is rooted in the staunchly conservative areas of western Iowa. King is an outspoken conservative seeking his fifth term in Congress, and he faced Democrat Matthew Campbell in the general election. Though Democrats had high hopes for Campbell’s campaign, he was ultimately not able to beat back the conservative tendencies of the district and lost to King in a landslide.

Results[edit]

Iowa's 5th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve King (inc.) 128,363 65.75%
Democratic Matthew Campbell 63,160 32.35%
Independent Martin James Monroe 3,622 1.86%
Write-ins 94 0.05%
Totals 195,239 100.00%
Republican hold

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