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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from the state of Iowa confirmed this morning that he intends to run for office once again in the 2022 mid-term elections in a major boost to the GOP's chances of holding onto the seat.
- On election day Grassley will be 89 years old, having served as a US Senator from Iowa since 1981 following six years in the House of Representatives. Grassley sits at the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as Senate President Pro Tempore emeritus as the longest serving senator from the minority party.
- Iowa has trended increasingly Republican in recent years, with Donald Trump having won the state by a margin of 53.1% to 44.9% in 2020, the widest margin of victory for a Republican candidate in the Hawkeye state since Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter by 12 points in 1980.
- Nevertheless, having the well-known Grassley run again will ease any GOP concerns about the Democrats attempting to take the seat from an unknown GOP quantity in 2022.