Grassley wins reelection in Iowa
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Iowa) is projected to easily win reelection, defeating Democrat Patty Judge.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has served in the Senate since 1981 and has rarely been challenged for his seat.

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But the partisan battle over refusing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made Grassley a target for Democrats. As chairman of the Judiciary panel, Garland’s nomination would first have to proceed through Grassley’s committee.

Some polling over the summer indicated a somewhat close race in the single digits, but Grassley steadily expanded that lead over the subsequent months. He as regularly posting comfortable leads in polls leading up to Election Day.