Democrats gain lead in three of Iowa's four House districts: poll

Democrats gain lead in three of Iowa's four House districts: poll
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Likely voters prefer a generic Democrat over a generic Republican in three of Iowa’s four congressional districts, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released Sunday.

The poll shows likely voters statewide prefer a Democrat to a Republican 47 percent to 42 percent, a reversal from a March poll that found 49 percent support for Republicans and 42 percent support for Democrats. The vast majority of respondents said they have made a firm decision, as opposed to only 2 percent who said they were “leaning” in the direction of one party.

At the district level, Democrats hold an 18-point advantage in the state’s 2nd District, which has been in Democratic hands since 2006, and by 16 points in its 3rd District, which includes Des Moines and which Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneHouse Democrats target Midwestern GOP seats Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Prioritizing access to care: Keeping telehealth options for all Americans MORE (D) won in 2018, defeating incumbent Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungDemocrats gain lead in three of Iowa's four House districts: poll Former Rep. David Young wins GOP primary in bid for old House seat Trump lends support to swing district Republicans MORE (R).


The advantage was narrower in the 1st District, with a 6-point advantage for Democrats. That district was also a 2018 Democratic pickup, with Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerHouse Democrats target Midwestern GOP seats Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Iowa GOP House candidate pulls multiple sections from website amid plagiarism accusations MORE (D) defeating then-Rep. Rod Blum (R).

In the heavily Republican 4th District, Republicans have nearly doubled their lead since March to about 22 points. Since the previous poll, Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset MORE (R) has lost his primary to state Sen. Randy Feenstra (R). King, who has a history of inflammatory remarks, won reelection by about 3 points, the slimmest margin of his career in 2018, and the following January was stripped of his committee assignments after an interview with The New York Times in which he asked "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" and headed into the primary without institutional GOP support.

Pollsters surveyed a sample of 801 Iowan adults, including 674 likely voters. It has a 3.8-point margin of error statewide and a 7.7-point margin of error for individual districts.