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Polling has been all over the place when it comes to the race for United States Senate in Iowa between Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Mike Franken.

The Iowa Poll from the Des Moines Register showed a narrow race, but other polls show a double-digit race.

The reality is it is difficult to envision Gov. Kim Reynolds winning by double digits, which she likely will, but Grassley losing.

However, there are a few recent events that have me thinking the U.S. Senate race is closer than Republicans would like. First off, I saw a commercial this weekend in support of Grassley from a Realtors PAC. Second, the Republican Party of Iowa has become increasingly focused on Franken’s negatives. Third, the NRSC is highlighting the race through its press release updates. The NRSC has only been doing that for the closest races in the country.

And finally, Grassley’s campaign has been aggressive in attacking Franken.

I’d be shocked in Franken finishes within five points of Grassley, but there are a few optics that lend credibility to the claim this race is within reach for Franken.

Grassley should be glad Franken has not run to the middle and has instead sought ground on the far-left side of things. Otherwise this race may be even closer.


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