Rep. David Loebsack’s (D-Iowa City) early retirement announcement obviously caught a great many southeastern Iowa politicos by surprise because almost a month after his creating an open competitive seat in the 2020 election, no one in either party had come forward to declare a candidacy. That has now changed. Osceola Mayor Thomas Kedley (R) officially entered the Republican congressional primary this week, and we assume many more candidates in both parties will be coming forward to run.
Democrats will be favored to hold the seat, which has become their most favorable district in the state, but the margins are close. Therefore, the low level of early candidate activity has been surprising.
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