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  Political storm brews in Iowa's District 1
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 20, 2005 02:52pm
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MediaNewspaper - Des Moines Register
News DateSunday, March 20, 2005 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt's the home of the Field of Dreams and the birthplace of Grant Wood - but there's nothing bucolic or genteel about the political fight gathering in Iowa's 1st Congressional District.

Nationally, Democrats think the eastern Iowa district provides their best chance of chipping into the Republican majority in the U.S. House next year, and millions of dollars are targeted for the campaign on both sides.

"This is a top priority for us, for Iowa and for all Democrats - a solid heartland battleground," said John Lapp, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose Iowa credentials include running Gov. Tom Vilsack's 2002 re-election campaign and former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt's 2004 caucus campaign.

Consider this: Of 435 House races in 2006, so far only nine will not have an incumbent seeking re-election. Of the nine, four are in districts where Republicans tend to win and four are in Democratic territory.

And then there's the 1st District, an overwhelmingly rural arc of 12 eastern Iowa counties anchored by three of the state's largest cities - Davenport, Dubuque and Waterloo.
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