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July 6th, 2012

Iowa Republicans’ Voter Registration Edge Continues to Grow

Iowa Republicans topped Democrats in statewide registration numbers for the fourth straight month. The latest numbers released by the Iowa Secretary of State show Republicans with an edge of more than 21,000. Last month, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 12,513.  Iowa Democrats held the registration edge from 2006 through March of 2012.

There are now 619,452 registered Republicans in the state, compared to 598,074 Democrats. The gains can be attributed to a several factors: the failed policies of President Obama and the Democratic Party as a whole, the groundwork laid by the 2010 Branstad campaign, Iowa Victory program and previous RPI Chair Matt Strawn, the Iowa Caucuses, particularly Ron Paul’s campaign, and several competitive House and Senate primary contests in June.

“More than three years of President Obama’s failed economic policies have led to record unemployment, higher food and gas prices and historic levels of debt,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker. “Hard-working Iowans see the problems in the Democratic Party’s policies and see the greater opportunities that the principles of the Republican Party can provide.”

The main beneficiary of these new totals is Congressman Steve King. There are now 53,214 more Republicans than Democrats in the 4th Congressional District. That is a gain of 4,969 from last month’s totals. Republicans in the 4th District also outnumber independents by more than 12,800.

The numbers are also good news for Congressman Tom Latham. Republicans outnumber Democrats in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District by almost 15,000. That is a gain of 3,535 from last month.

Here is a complete breakdown of the new voter registration totals, by congressional district:

  Republicans Democrats Independents
CD-1 136,877 157,307 178,226
CD-2 138,989 165,136 169,424
CD-3 163,622 148,881 140,679
CD-4 179,964 126,750 167,128


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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