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posted Friday, November 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 44
Same sex marriage fight focuses on Iowa state special election
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Same sex marriage fight focuses on Iowa state special election

By Kay Henderson

MARION, Iowa | Sun Nov 6, 2011

(Reuters) - A special election on Tuesday for an Iowa State Senate seat could change the balance of power there and encourage Republicans to try to overturn the state's approval of same sex marriage.

In September, a Democrat from Marion, Iowa, resigned from the senate to take a job as a utility regulator in Republican Governor Terry Branstad's administration.

That left Democrats with 25 of the 50 seats in the Iowa Senate. Republicans hold 24.

If the Democratic candidate wins Tuesday's special election, they will retain their control of the senate debate agenda. If the Republican wins, the resulting 25-25 tie will create a stalemate or force some sort of power-sharing arrangement.

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