With Jim Nussle entertaining visions of more grand things for himself, he's vacating his Iowa 1st congressional district seat to gear up for a run at governor. Look for a good scrap for this senate slot.
The Iowa governor race is shaping up as well, with Dem prospect Chad Culver naming key staff. Other Dems in the running are Rep. Ed Fallon, the only one so far to declare himself a candidate, and Economic Development Director Michael Blouin.
Expected to challenge Nussle in the GOP primary are Doug Gross, who took a pounding when he was defeated as the last GOP candidate in 2002, and Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City, whom Gross defeated in the primary that year.
Keep your score cards handy for these races.