Republicans are aiming for Iowa to be all red after the 2022 elections.
Rep. Cindy Axne is the only Democrat representing the Hawkeye State in Congress, along with three House Republicans and GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. Now she’s a top Republican target in a state where former President Donald Trump clobbered President Joe Biden, 53% to 45%.
Iowa was a swing state not that long ago. But Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack retired after the 2020 elections and was replaced by a Republican. And freshman Rep. Abby Finkenauer lost her reelection bid.
Axne won her second term for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District last cycle, a rematch against her 2018 opponent and previous incumbent, Republican David Young. Both races were tight. In 2018, in a six-way general race, Axne won by 2 percentage points, with the Libertarian candidate taking 2% of the votes cast.