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Two Open Seats, No Incumbents
LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Both major political parties held their Linn County caucuses. The focus was on two big national seats, one in the Senate and the other in the House.
With Senator Tom Harkin retiring and District One Representative Bruce Braley leaving the House to pursue Harkin's current seat, that means two national seats are wide open with no incumbent.
"It means that there's a lot of interest within the state of Iowa. There's a lot of national interest in this state," said Representative Braley.
Braley says it means he's all over the state fighting for the open Senate seat.
At the Linn County Republican Caucus, two races without incumbents, both for current Democratic seats, means the potential for a big swing.
"I think the landscape would be a lot different for everyday Iowans," said District 1 Candidate Steve Rathje. "You'd see a lot more conservative values and principles being put into place."
"This is just too good an opportunity for our party not to out forward the best candidate we can," said District 1 Candidate Walt Rogers. He says the openings are the reasons he's running.
Rathje and Rogers' potential Democratic opponent for the House seat is Monica Vernon. For her, two open seats without an incumbent opens the door for voters.
"It's a great opportunity for Iowans to send someone who can change what things are like right now," said Vernon.
Senator Grassley spoke about Republican unity and how he would enjoy a Republican work with in the Senate. He said in his time there, he's only had 4 years of a fellow Republican Senator.