Sen_Chuck_Grassley_official-colorThe Nation’s 2nd Most Important Election!

Since 1981 Hon. Charles Grassley has served in the U.S. Senate and has been very popular with Republicans, Democrats and Independents. In his 2010 re-election bid he defeated the very popular Roxanne Conlin 64.35% to 33.30% and captured 98 counties.

Then U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died and Grassley’s probable victory lap turned into the nation’s second most important election and one of the most important Senate contest in U.S. electoral history.

Grassley is the Chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary committee and he has decided to not hold hearings to replace Scalia until after the November election. Beyond that, if Grassley is re-elected, he will play a prominent role in confirmation hearings for four to five new Supreme Court Justices.

In this special election edition of Iowa Bystander we take a look at the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Grassley.