Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Eyeing Grassley's Seat in 2010

This morning I wrote about the Democrat's chances in the US Senate in 2010. That got me thinking about Sen. Grassley, who is up for reelection in 2010. However, he will be 77 at that time and there's a good chance he migh retire.

Iowa Democrats have some very good options to run for his seat in Tom Vilsack and Bruce Braley. Depending on how the State legislature fares over the next 2 years, Mike Gronstal and Pat Murphy could emerge as good candidates for Senate as well.

Iowa Republicans gave Harkin a pass in 2008. With Culver running for reelection in 2010, as well, Iowa Republicans would need to find 2 solid candidates. Steve King, Christopher Rants, Bill Northey, and Chuck Larson are the leading names today.

It is looking like if Grassley retires in 2010 the seat would a great opportunity for Democrats to pick up.


Anonymous said...

Gronstal and Murphy? What About Vilsack?

noneed4thneed said...

I mentioned Vilsack and would consider him a frontrunner. If he announced he was running, then Braley wouldn't risk a house seat to take him on and if there was a primary it would come from a lesser known.

Anonymous said...

Sorry bout that, Im so busy after this debate :)

Sounds like 2010 will be a great year.