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February 8, 2016

GOP Lawmaker Challenges Loebsack #IA02

Loebsack has a new GOP challenger. (Tricia Miller/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Rep. Mark Lofgren, a Republican, announced Tuesday that he will challenge four-term Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, in the 2nd District, according to local reports.

Lofgren marks Loebsack’s first challenger, but news reports say that Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks is eyeing a run as well.

Loebsack has twice defeated Miller-Meeks, first by an 18-point margin in 2008 and later a 5-point margin in 2010.

Last cycle, Loebsack defeated Republican John Archer by a 13-point margin in the district. President Barack Obama won the district with 56 percent.

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this a safe Democratic seat.

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