Iowa Democrats are hoping to convince former state Sen. Staci Appel to run against Congressman Tom Latham in 2014. Appel, who is the wife of an Iowa Supreme Court Justice, lost her re-election bid to state Sen. Kent Sorenson in 2010. In that race Sorenson crushed Appel 57 percent to 40 percent despite Appel running a nasty campaign against her opponent.
Roll Call reported that Democrats view Iowa’s Third Congressional District “as one of their best pick-up opportunities of 2014.” The 2012 contest pitted two incumbents, Tom Latham and Leonard Boswell against each other after redistricting. Latham bested Boswell by nine points, despite President Obama’s thumping of Mitt Romney in Polk County.
As the news about the Democrats recruitment of Appel emerged yesterday, businessman Mike Sherzan announced that he was dropping his bid against Latham due to health reasons. Sherzan was an early recruit of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who they considered to be a top recruit.
Regardless of whom the Democrats recruit to run against Latham in 2014, it’s going to be an uphill battle. Latham has represented 56 of Iowa’s 99 counties and has only lost to a Democrat opponent in three of them.
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