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Senate's Grassley Faces Race of His Life to Keep Seat

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By    |   Monday, 04 Jul 2016 06:12 PM

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is facing a tougher re-election bid this year than his typical cakewalk, The Hill reports.

A Loras College poll released Thursday shows the 81-year-old Grassley only one point ahead of his expected Democratic rival and former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge. Grassley's 46 percent-45 percent lead is within the poll's four-point margin of error.

Days earlier, Public Policy Polling gave Grassley a seven-point advantage, but even that is enough to cause Grassley nervousness, David Peterson, an Iowa State University political science professor and editor of academic journal Political Behavior, told The Hill.

"I think he's clearly more vulnerable than he's been in past elections," Peterson said.

Grassley's campaign manager Bob Haus wasn't so quick to accept the results, saying, "Given Loras College's history of wildly inaccurate polls, this one will not keep us awake at night."

A Loras poll put Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead by more than 30 points two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. She beat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a less than a half-point.

Christopher Budzisz, director of the poll, told The Hill Grassley is unlikely to give in easily.

"I think it's really early still," he said. "Part of that might be a volatile year, part of it might be the early campaigning by outside groups against Sen. Grassley … and it might also be a kind of settling right now in terms of where Iowa is."

Democrats have attempted to hit Grassley's image as an independent thinker inside the GOP, tying him to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump over his support for him, and to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell since, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he has declined to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

But Grassley, did not have a primary challenger, unlike Judge, and has much more money to spend in the general election – $5.3 million in mid-May.

Most observers believe Grassley will manage a close win, The Hill reports.

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