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Iowa's First Congressional District Race heats up with competition

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Eight candidates are in the race for Iowa's First Congressional District seat, with five Democrats and three Republicans.

The first district is composed of 20 counties in the northeast part of the state, including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Dubuque. KWWL Legal Expert Chris Larimer said three counties are the keys to victory: Black Hawk, Linn and Dubuque; all of which having over 20,000 voters.

These counties are known to have what are called "non-party" voters; those who don't affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic Party. Since the first district is a midterm election, only party enthusiasts will likely show up at the polls.

"A different electorate. It's people who are more motivated to be out there, these folks who are generally regular voters," Larimer said.

Historically, Iowa's first district is Democratic, as Democratic voters have roughly a five percentage point advantage over Republicans. However, with Congressman Bruce Braley (D) not running for re-election, Larimer said it's quite the competition.

"You have interesting races with the governor, U.S. Senate, but those are so far, you have pretty clear front runners, particularly the governor's race. The first district is the one that's most interesting to me at this point."

The congressional caucuses are Tuesday, January 21 with the primaries on June 3.
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