Socialist Workers Party Polled More Votes for One of its U.S. House Candidates than it Did for President in the Whole NationDecember 21st, 2012
The Socialist Workers Party nominee for U.S. House in Iowa’s 3rd district, David Rosenfeld, polled 6,286 votes, 1.63% of the total. The district covers southwest Iowa and includes Des Moines. The race in this district between the two major parties was hard fought, with two incumbents running against each other due to redistricting and reapportionment. Republican Tom Latham received 202,000, and Democrat Leonard Boswell received 168,632. An independent candidate, Scott Batcher, polled 9,352.
Rosenfeld received more votes for U.S. House than James Harris, the SWP’s presidential nominee, received in the nation. Harris was on the ballot in six states and polled 4,115 votes, the lowest presidential vote total in the party’s history. The SWP has been running presidential candidates in all elections 1948 through the present.
The SWP also did well in 2010 in the Des Moines U.S. House race. That year, Rebecca Williamson running in the 3rd district received 6,258 votes, 2.60%.