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Republican Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Marion Democratic Sen. Swati Dandekar to serve on the Iowa Utilities Board, raising questions about which party will control the Iowa Senate.
Democrats hold a 26-to-24-seat majority in the Senate, and Dandekar’s district was seen as leaning toward Republicans. Branstad has set a special election for Nov. 8 to replace Dandekar.
A GOP victory would mean a tie in the Senate and could increase chances the chamber would take up a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage that has been blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal.
If a Republican won the special election, Senate President Jack Kibbie said it’s unclear whether there would be changes in leadership posts.
– From staff and wire reports