Senator Charles Ernest Grassley (R-IA) is voting at the lowest level since 1980, as Democrats could turn over the Senate in Iowa.
Grasley leads Franken, a retired Admiral of the US Navy, by 47% to 39% in the latest poll conducted by Selzer on July 10-13. Another 7% of voters say they will vote for someone else. They didn’t vote and 5% said they weren’t sure.
While Glasley leads Franken, the margins have been narrower than any Iowa poll involving Glasley since he was first elected to the US Senate. Since October 1980, Grasley hasn’t voted less than 50% in a face-to-face confrontation before defeating incumbent Democratic Senator John Culver.
There are other warning signs in Grasley. His employment approval has been less than 50% since March 2021. He has registered a record 44% disapproval count, and among voters, his disapproval rating is 3 points higher than his approval rating.
Grasley is one of the most durable and consistently popular senators in the Senate. Grasley scored 24 points in his final reelection campaign, so a mere 8 points lead over the relatively unknown Democratic Party is considered shocking.
The reason for the small number of Glasley is that voters want new seats. A 2021 Des Moines Register poll found that 64% of respondents wanted Grasley to leave because they wanted to bring a new person to the office.
Iowa has become more and more red since Barack Obama’s last presidential candidate, but Glasley’s struggle disproves the concept of a red wave and Republicans are already vacant in the hands of Republicans across the country. It can be a problem because you are facing a sinking candidate trying to keep up.
Easley is the editor-in-chief. He is also the White House press pool and Parliamentary correspondent for Politicus USA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, which specializes in the social reform movement.
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