Yup, says desmoinsdem over at Bleeding Heartland. Republicans survived with a 53-47 majority, down from 60-40 going into the election, but seven races won by GOP candidates were decided by only about 1,200 votes:
Susan Judkins trails by 22 votes in Iowa House district 43 (though there’s a small chance a recount could change that result).
State Representative John Wittneben (the only Democratic incumbent in the legislature to lose on Tuesday) lost House district 7 by about 57 votes.
Joe Judge lost House district 80 by 113 votes.
Bill Heckroth lost House district 63 by 152 votes.
Kristin Keast lost House district 95 by 210 votes.
Nathan Wrage lost House district 72 by 226 votes.
Donovan Olson lost House district 47 by about 420 votes.
The time to take back the Iowa House was 2012–a presidential year electorate and the first general election after redistricting. In 2014, the midterm electorate will be much less favorable to Democratic candidates. In 2016, Republican incumbents will be much better known among their constituents.
I didn’t think there was any chance for Dems to win control of the House, so I’m surprised at just how close they came.