Latham/Boswell running in district that now leans Republican


February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest data indicates two incumbent congressmen in Iowa will be battling for reelection in a district that has a slight Republican voter registration edge. After the 2010 Census Iowa lost one of its five congressional districts and Republican Congressman Tom Latham of Clive and Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell of Des Moines are running against one another in the new third district. That district now leans Republican. The district covers 16 counties in southwest Iowa and includes the city of Des Moines. 

The latest statistics indicate nearly 35 percent of voters in the district are registered Republicans, while about 33-and-a-half percent are registered Democrats. The rest are independents. The other two Democratic congressmen from Iowa — Bruce Braley of Waterloo and Dave Loebsack of Iowa City — are running in districts which have a Democratic voter registration edge. 

Republican Congressman Steve King has been representing a district that has a significant G-O-P edge. The new fourth congressional district has a 47-thousand more registered Republicans than Democrats. Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack is challenging King’s bid for a sixth term. Go to to see the latest information on voter registration in each of the four congressional districts.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)