2008 United States Senate election in Iowa

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United States Senate election in Iowa, 2008

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  Tom Harkin official portrait.jpg Christopher Reed announcment1-300x226 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Tom Harkin Christopher Reed
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 941,665 560,006
Percentage 62.7% 37.3%

Iowa Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results
Harkin:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Reed:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Tom Harkin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Tom Harkin
Democratic

The 2008 United States Senate election in Iowa was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin sought re-election to a fifth term in office. Unlike all of Harkin's previous bids for re-election, he was not challenged by a sitting United States Congressman this year, instead facing small businessman Christopher Reed, who won the Republican primary by just a few hundred votes. As of 2019, this is the last time a Democrat won a Senate election in Iowa.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Harkin (incumbent) 90,785 98.83%
Democratic Write-ins 1,074 1.17%
Total votes 91,859 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • George Eichhorn, former Iowa State Representative
  • Steve Rathje, construction company executive
  • Christopher Reed, small businessman

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher Reed 24,964 35.32%
Republican George Eichhorn 24,390 34.52%
Republican Steve Rathje 21,062 29.80%
Republican Write-ins 256 0.36%
Total votes 70,672 100.00%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Governor Chet Culver campaigning for Senator Harkin
Poll source Dates administered Christopher
Reed (R)
Tom
Harkin (D)
Survey USA April 21–23, 2008 20% 59%
Research 2000 June 10, 2008 37% 53%
Rasmussen Reports July 10, 2008 37% 55%
Rasmussen Reports August 7, 2008 36% 60%
Rasmussen Reports September 17–18, 2008 37% 60%
Survey USA October 23, 2008 41% 57%
Rasmussen Reports October 29, 2008 35% 61%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Iowa, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Tom Harkin (incumbent) 941,665 62.66% +8.48%
Republican Christopher Reed 560,006 37.26% -6.52%
Write-ins 1,247 0.08%
Majority 381,659 25.39% +15.00%
Turnout 1,502,918
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]