Iowa Democrats first to release pairings

Democratic staff in the Iowa House and Senate have analyzed the redistricting maps.  Their conclusions:  14 senators will be forced to run against another senator in 2012 and 27 representatives will be forced to run in a district where one (if not two) representatives are also situated.

Here are the Senate pairings:

Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) versus Johnson (R-Ocheyedan)

Boettger (R-Harlan) versus Seymour (R-Woodbine)

Ward (R-West Des Moines) versus McCoy (D-Des Moines)

Bacon (R-Maxwell) versus Dix (D-Waterloo)

Bartz (R-Grafton) versus Wilhelm (D-Cresco)

Hancock (D-Epworth) versus Bowan (D-Maquoketa)

Hamerlinck (R-Dixon) versus Hahn (R-Muscatine)

I’ll be back in a minute with pairings in the Iowa House.

Here are the House pairings.

Huseman (R-Aurelia) versus Chambers (R-Sheldon)

Iverson (R-Clarion) versus Upmeyer (R-Garner) versus Rayhons (R-Garner)

Shaw (R-Laurens) versus Tjepkes (R-Gowrie)

Jeremy Taylor (R-Sioux City) versus Hall (D-Sioux City)

Brandenburg (R-Council Bluffs) versus Hanusa (R-Council Bluffs) 

Anderson (R-Clarinda) versus Dolecheck (R-Mount Ayr)

Sweeney (R-Alden) versus Pat Grassley(R-New Hartford) 

Wenthe (D-Hawkeye) versus Thomas (D-Elkader)

Hein (R-Monticell) versus Moore (R-Zwingle)

Mascher (D-Iowa City) versus Jacoby (D-Coralville)

DeBoef (R-What Cheer) versus Klein (R-Keota)

Van Englenhoven (R-Pella) versus Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa)

Swain (D-Bloomfield) versus Hanson (D-Fairfield)

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  1. Impressive staff work by Sue Dvorsky’s team: The full list of districts, pairs and open seats was out TWELVE MINUTES after the map hit. That’s hours of geeky programming and testing ahead of time, and a good sign that Democrats head into this better prepared than the GOP.