Jul 17, 2011

IA: Independents Outnumber Democrats, Republicans

From the Chicago Tribune, via the Hankster:
Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said Iowa voters have long shown a preference for a divided government that gives both parties a say in running the state, and he expects that to continue.

"I think when it's all said and done, it's up to the independent voters," Gronstal said. "They've often said it's good to have divided government."

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Iowa by about 646,000 to 610,000, but there are more independent voters than members of either party: nearly 702,000.

1 comment:

Solomon Kleinsmith said...

During my last (and final) attempt to fit into one of the two major parties (2008, dems) I happened to meet and talk to Gronstal at a training, since I live just on the other side of Iowa's border of Nebraska in Omaha.

He told us the story of how his party made a comeback some years ago, including recruiting moderate candidates in right leaning districts. DOn't know much about him otherwise, but he is smart and practical.