Proposed Iowa Map Would Pit Latham, King
Proposed Congressional boundaries in Iowa would pit the state's two remaining Republicans, Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham, against each other in a massive district stretching from the Missouri River to the outskirts of Des Moines.
The proposal is a blow to Republicans, who expected to see Latham's northern Iowa district combined with Rep. Leonard Boswell's (D) Des Moines-based seat. Strategists on both sides expected that new district to be a toss-up, winnable by either party.
Instead, Democratic Reps. Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack have been lumped into the same district, while an open district in the Southeast corner of the state is heavily Democratic territory. President Obama won 57 percent of the two-party vote in the new southeast district, which includes the Quad Cities and Iowa City. Obama took 59 percent of the vote in the northeastern First District, which contains Braley's bases in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, as well as Loebsack's Mt. Vernon home.
Boswell's district would actually shed some Democratic voters. His current district is centered in Des Moines and stretches east along Interstate 80; it gave Obama 54 percent of the vote in 2008. His new district, which lumps Des Moines into the southwest corner of the state and includes Council Bluffs, gave Obama 53 percent of the vote in 2008, slightly under Obama's 54 percent statewide winning percentage.