An Iowa legislative leader is predicting that excitement being created by the Republican presidential nominating contest will help fuel gains in the state legislature, including winning control of the Senate now controlled by Democrats 26-24.
“We have an exciting year underway and I think next year is even going to be a greater year,” Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said Thursday during a conference call from the Republican State Leadership Committee national meeting in Boston.
Paulsen, who chairs the group’s legislative caucus, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, conceded that the conventional wisdom is that Democratic turnout is better in presidential election years, he’s not sure that will hold true in 2016.
The 17-way race for the GOP presidential nomination “is quite possibly the most exciting nomination process in recent history,” Paulsen said. “On the Democratic side, you have a coronation.”