(RepublicanInformer.com)- GOP Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is facing a tough re-election campaign. The veteran Senator, who has been in politics since the 1950s, appears to be planning on running again to keep his seat despite a shocking new poll from the Des Moines Register and Mediacom suggesting that just 27% of likely Iowa voters would vote to re-elect him.
Grassley has technically not vowed to run again, but he hasn’t ruled it out. If the election were to be held right now, then some 64$ of likely voters have said that they would vote for somebody new. That’s not a good sign.
If he were to run again, it would be his eighth term, after being elected to the Senate for the first time in the 1980s.
According to the Des Moines Register, some political analysts have said that if he does run again, his name and long history in politics means he is likely to win the seat again, but not because of huge enthusiasm for him among voters. Instead, it would be a matter of people voting for what they know, or voting for the Republican Party rather than him as a candidate.
The poll found that 37% of Republican voters believe that it’s time for a new candidate, and 68% of Democrats said the same.
Well, of course Democrats would say that. But 37% of Republicans saying that it’s time for Grassley to go is probably an indication that Grassley should consider his work done, pack up, and allow a younger Republican to take over and forge a new legacy.
Pollster J. Ann Selzer, who is the head of Selzer & Co, which conducted the survey, said that Grassley has had a “mostly good run” but Iowa voters are “ready to move on” and his ratings are showing a waning interest in his candidacy.
Grassley still hasn’t taken the hint, so we’ll hopefully find out in the coming months whether he plans to listen to the polls and make way for a new Republican name.