Iowa Sours on Obama, Democrat Senate Candidates

by Andrew Johnson

In Iowa, the disastrous implementation of Obamacare isn’t only hitting the president’s approval rating — it appears to be spilling over into Hawkeye State’s upcoming Senate race.

According to the new Quinnipiac poll, just 38 percent of Iowans approve of the job the president’s doing, a decrease from the already-low 41 percent he had in July.

Among independent voters, President Obama scored even lower, getting just a 31 percent approval rating.

Meanwhile, Democratic representative Bruce Braley, who is running to succeed retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin in 2014, is seeing his race tighten against a field that some Republicans worried was weak. Quinnipiac found former U.S. attorney Matt Whitaker within 3 points of Braley, a four-term congressman, trailing him 43–40. Another four candidates were within single digits of Braley.

That shift may have something to do with a desire to see the GOP control the Senate after the 2014 midterms: Forty-six percent of Iowans want to see Republicans take the Senate, compared to 41 percent who don’t. Independents favored a Republican-controlled Senate 41–34.

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