Republicans hope to flip open seat in Iowa district Trump won in 2016

When Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced his retirement last year, both Republicans and Democrats in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District leaped into what has become a tight race for the open seat.

The seat, which represents one of 30 Democratic-controlled districts that President Trump won in 2016, has been blue since Loebsack flipped it in a narrow 2006 upset. Loebsack held the seat comfortably through much of his 14 years in office. Former President Barack Obama won the district by 13 points in 2012.

Trump, however, raised the possibility of a Republican resurgence when he beat 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 4 points in 2016.

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