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United States Senate Election In Iowa, 2016

United States Senate election in Iowa, 2016

November 8, 2016

Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Chuck Grassley

The 2016 United States Senate election in Iowa will take place on November 8, 2016, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Iowa, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has said that he plans to seek re-election to a seventh term in office.


Republican Chuck Grassley was first elected to the Senate in 1980, defeating Democratic incumbent John Culver by 53% to 46%. Since then, Grassley has been re-elected five times, most recently in 2010, on each occasion taking at least 64% of the vote.

Despite speculation that Grassley, who will be 83 years old in 2016, might retire,[1] he announced in September 2013 that he was "making plans to run for re-election", but added that "it's not taking much of my time. I’m concentrating on doing my job for Iowans."[2]

Republican primary




Democratic primary



  • Bob Krause, former State Representative, nominee for State Treasurer in 1978, candidate for Mayor of Waterloo in 1982 and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010[4]


General election


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Grassley (R)
Vilsack (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling May 15–19, 2014 914 ± 3.3% 49% 39% 12%
Public Policy Polling February 20–23, 2014 869 ± 3.3% 48% 41% 11%


  1. ^ Matt Kelley (January 29, 2013). "Senator Grassley not ready to consider joining Harkin in retirement". Radio Iowa. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Livingston, Abby (September 20, 2013). "Grassley Planning to Run Again in 2016". Roll Call. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Cahn, Emily (June 26, 2013). "Hawkeye Politicians Finally See Some Opportunity in 2014 | Farm Team". Roll Call. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Krause ends bid for governor, endorses fellow Democrat Hatch". Des Moines Register. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
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