During a suspenseful meeting on March 29, the State Objection Panel allowed just enough signatures to stand for U.S. Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer, Attorney General Tom Miller, and State Representative Jeff Shipley to stay on the ballot.
Finkenauer needed at least 100 valid signatures from at least nineteen counties and hit nineteen exactly, with 100 in one county and 101 in two others. The Republicans who challenged her candidacy are seeking to reverse the outcome in court.
Miller needed at least 77 signatures from at least eighteen counties, and barely made it with 78 signatures in the eighteenth county.
Shipley needed at least 50 signatures from the Iowa House district where he is seeking re-election and was left with 52.
Many Iowa politics watchers have been wondering how these experienced candidates ended up hanging by a thread.
Bleeding Heartland asked all three campaigns why they didn’t give themselves more of a cushion by collecting far beyond the minimum number of signatures. Only one candidate answered the questions.Continue Reading...