Redistricting forces veteran Dem. to contest popular GOP Rep. in Iowa
U.S. Rep. Tom Latham (R-Ames) raised more than twice as much as U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines) in the third quarter of 2011, and has a huge cash on hand advantage about a year before the two longtime incumbents square off in the Nov. 2012 election.
Latham raised $337,025 in the third quarter, including $215,900 from political committees and $121,125 from individuals. Boswell took in $142,192 in that same period, including $95,750 from political committees and $46,336 from individuals.
Latham spent $90,650 and had $1.72 million on hand at the end of the period, while Boswell spent $54,226 and had $375,966 on hand at the end of the period.
National political observers are watching the race for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District closely, according to a recent article from Politico. Some think whoever wins in the newly-drawn district could be a bellwether for which party will control Congress.
Politico also identified the fundraising race in Iowa’s 3rd CD as one of 10 FEC reports to watch.
Boswell has served in Congress since 1997, and Latham since 1995. Latham moved south to challenge Boswell rather than battle U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) in the newly-drawn 4th Congressional District.