SUPER STATE STRATEGY
Our primary objectives in Iowa are to: 1) flip the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Joni Ernst, 2) compete for the state’s six Electoral College votes, and 3) break unified GOP control of the state government by flipping the Iowa State House.
In the state House, we are currently targeting seven districts—five GOP-held seats and two Democratic holds. Geographically, these targets are distributed across the state and include races near Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Omaha, NE. All seven races were decided by razor-thin margins of less than 5% in 2018.
In the state Senate, we are currently targeting five districts—four GOP-held seats and one Democratic hold. Many of these geographies overlap with our state House targets in Iowa, and improving the performance of statewide Democratic candidates in these regions is critical to our pathway to victory in the Iowa General Assembly.
By the numbers:
Seats needed to flip the state senate
Seats needed to flip the state house
United States Senate seat to flip
Electoral College votes
State Senate: SD-8, SD-20, SD-22, SD-42, SD-44
State House: HD-16, HD-37, HD-39, HD-55, HD-60, HD-67, HD-82
IA State Senate targets
IA State House targets
What's at stake
While nonpartisan legislative staff draw maps in Iowa, maps are ultimately approved by the Iowa General Assembly and lawmakers can draw their own maps if they reject nonpartisan maps. Without state constitutional protections against partisan gerrymandering and after the Supreme Court’s decision in Rucho v. Common Cause, flipping the Iowa State House is the best way to ensure fair redisricting in 2021.
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn’t been raised in 10 years. Iowans need the minimum wage to go up so their paychecks keep up with the rising cost of housing.
In Iowa, about 75% of minimum wage workers are women. Because of the gender wage gap, Iowa women lose an average of $463,760 from their pay over their lifetimes.
As of 2017, 93% of counties in Iowa had no clinics that provide abortions. Nearly 60% of all the women in Iowa live in these counties, which means none of them have local access to care.
Iowa requires people getting an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before receiving the procedure. The state also requires parents of minors to be notified before an abortion is provided.
Protecting and expanding access to reproductive healthcare (including abortion) is possible by electing a Democratic majority in the Iowa General Assembly.
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