The new "gold standard" poll of Iowa voters suggests it is time for Sen. Chuck Grassley, 87, to retire.
"Fewer than a third of Iowa's likely voters say they would vote to reelect Republican Chuck Grassley if the U.S. Senate elections were held today, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. Grassley has not yet said whether he will seek an eighth term in 2022. If he does, political analysts expect his near-universal name recognition and deep ties to the state would still make him the early favorite to win. But the new Iowa Poll appears to show an underlying feeling among Republicans and Democrats alike that he's served long enough," the Des Moines Register reports. "Nearly two-thirds of likely voters, or 64%, say they think it's time for someone new to hold Grassley's seat. Twenty-seven percent say they would reelect Grassley."
Grassley was first elected to the U.S. Senate in the 1980 election, as Ronald Reagan carried the state by 12% points.
Pollster J. Ann Selzer offered her analysis of the poll, which her firm conducted.
"Chuck Grassley has had a long and mostly good run, but most Iowa voters appear ready to move on, and his ratings reflect waning interest," Selzer explained.
"Well, it appears he is now vincible," she said. "Given that we're talking about Chuck Grassley and the ratings he used to garner, that is a 'wow.'"
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Two men are dead and a 3-year-old boy was wounded in a Saturday afternoon shooting in West Philadelphia, WPVI-TV reports.
Police responded to a call of shots fired and found the victims, where were transported to an area hospital.
"A 23-year-old man was shot multiple times across the body and died from his injuries. The second victim, who also was a 23-year-old man, was shot multiple times across the body and died from his injuries," the network reported. "The child, a 3-year-old boy, was shot multiple times in the leg."
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw noted that it wasn't the only shooting on Saturday.
"In 3 separate shootings, there have been a total of 5 victims - 2 of whom have been killed, with the other 3 victims in stable condition. One of these gunshot victims is a 3-year-old child," Outlaw noted. "Every act of gun violence is tragic. However, it is especially disturbing and sickening when the victims are among our most vulnerable. We should never tolerate violence against our children, as all of us - not just the police - are charged with the responsibility to keep them safe from danger and harm."
WATCH: Ron Johnson booed after showing up a Juneteenth celebration after trying to block the holiday
Controversial Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) received a cold welcome from constituents in Milwaukee on Saturday.
"Senator Ron Johnson stopped by Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration Saturday afternoon, June 19. A crowd of people at the event booed and heckled Johnson while [he was] speaking to reporters," CBS 58 reported. "Johnson dropped his objection to making 'Juneteenth' a federal holiday earlier this week, after he blocked the bipartisan legislation a year ago."
Johnson's appearance at the celebration came two days after he went on Fox News and told Tucker Carlson that President Joe Biden may be compromised by Russia.
"Most people are getting really tired of the division," Johnson said. "I think people are looking to really heal this nation and certainly that's what I want to do."
Johnson's seat is up in the 2022 midterms and he has not yet announced whether he will seek re-election or retire from the U.S. Senate.
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