IA-01: Jeff Danielson still considering it

Democratic State Senator Jeff Danielson told the Des Moines Register this week that he will not run for governor in 2014. I asked Danielson today whether he is still considering running for Congress in the open first district. Having just been re-elected to a four-year term in Iowa Senate district 30, Danielson could run for higher office next year without giving up his Senate seat. Regarding the IA-01 race, Danielson responded,

I have not made a decision. I have no timeline. My decision will be independent of who’s in or who’s out on either side of the ticket.

State Representative Pat Murphy of Dubuque was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy in IA-01. Cedar Rapids City Council Member Monica Vernon is planning to run, and former State Senator Swati Dandekar, also of Linn County, has formed an exploratory committee. No Democrat from Black Hawk County has entered the race. The Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, where Danielson lives, is the second-largest metro area in IA-01.

After the jump I’ve posted voter registration totals for all 20 counties in the first Congressional district. Any comments about the IA-01 race are welcome in this thread.

The voter registration totals come from the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Active voter registration numbers as of May 2013

IA-01

County Democrats Republicans no-party voters
Allamakee 2,194 4,263 3,096
Benton 4,622 4,965 7,409
Black Hawk 29,053 20,583 31,781
Bremer 3,796 5,015 7,326
Buchanan 3,842 3,129 6,364
Clayton 3,403 3,244 4,751
Delaware 2,573 3,828 4,922
Dubuque 24,909 14,774 22,553
Fayette 3,718 4,082 4,124
Howard 1,878 1,443 2,495
Iowa 2,774 3,669 4,764
Jackson 5,656 2,605 5,386
Jones 3,540 3,670 5,911
Linn 49,666 37,948 52,303
Marshall 7,379 7,477 8,937
Mitchell 1,783 2,495 2,662
Poweshiek 3,704 3,655 5,010
Tama 3,360 3,394 4,472
Winnishiek 3,543 4,465 5,119
Worth 1,515 1,749 1,942
 
total 162,908 136,453 191,327

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