Special election in Iowa House district 21 will be on December 8

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Today Governor Terry Branstad scheduled a special election in Iowa House district 21 for Tuesday, December 8. Voters will elect a successor to longtime State Representative Jack Drake, who passed away last weekend.

Iowa House district 21 covers all of Union and Adams counties, most of Cass County, and some rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A detailed map is after the jump. Like most of southwest Iowa, it leans heavily Republican. The latest figures from the Iowa Secretary of State's office indicate that House district 21 contains 3,720 active registered Democrats, 8,256 Republicans, and 7,401 no-party voters. Mitt Romney carried 53.64 percent of the vote here in the 2012 presidential election, and Joni Ernst (who is from nearby Montgomery County) won 63.75 percent of the votes in House district 21 in last year's U.S. Senate race.

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  • The winner

    The front runner for this seat is Mr. C. M. Block (R) of Griswold, a retired farmer pulled out of line at Pizza Ranch. With time to kill in the winter, Mr. Block volunteered to join other GOPers on the back bench, enjoying free statehouse lunches and good health insurance while dutifully voting against education, the environment, medical cannabis, and otherwise marching lock-step as directed by Upmeyer - Hagenow.

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