DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge won the Democratic nomination Tuesday and will face incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley in November to represent Iowa in the United States Senate.
Judge, who served as lieutenant governor from 2007-2011, came out on top in a four-way race against Sen. Rob Hogg, former Rep. Bob Krause and attorney Tom Fiegen.
Judge hopes to unseat Grassley in November’s general election as he seeks a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.
Jennifer Konfrst, a political science professor at Drake University, says there are a few things Judge must do to beat Grassley.
“Story-telling is going to be important. She had to tell a story about why she should be the next senator from Iowa, not just why Grassley shouldn’t be. I think she has a compelling story to tell. If she does a nice job of that then it will be a closer race than others are thinking,” Konfrst said.