Iowa election outlook

KIMT News 3 – November’s elections are just 12 weeks away, that means you can expect to see campaign efforts ramp up.

Politicians certainly have been hitting the campaign trail these past few weeks, but recently, we’ve had a lot of high-profile politicians make stops in North Iowa.

Most notably, U.S. Senator Rick Perry back in July, as well as Rand Paul, and Congressman Bruce Braley who spoke in Mason City last week.

On Wednesday, Representative Steve King will be holding a series of town hall meetings. The first one is taking place at the Holiday Inn Express in Mason City.

Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa said, while the gubernatorial race, at this point appears to be favoring Governor Branstad, the senate race between Braley and Senator Joni Ernst is turning out to be closer than predicted.

He added that we can expect to see a lot happen in the next few months.

“I think you’re going to see a lot more outside money coming in. We’re going to be bombarded with ads, particularly those last 3 weeks of the campaign. I think there are going to be a lot more high-powered politicians coming in, particularly for the Senate race, because that is more competitive. It’s a midterm election, so it’s to the Republicans’ advantage generally, in a midterm election, particularly when you have a Democratic president.”

Larimer also said we will probably see more nationally known Republicans in the state, many of whom could be testing out the waters in Iowa looking ahead to the presidential election in 2016.

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