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Chuck Grassley. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A new poll published over the weekend indicates that 64% of those surveyed believe it's "time for someone else" to occupy Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) Senate seat, the Des Moines Register reports.

Why it matters: Grassley hasn't said yet whether he plans to seek re-election in 2022, but with an evenly divided Senate, "Iowa's race is one of the most closely watched" in the country, according to Politico.

The big picture: Only 27% of those surveyed said they would vote for Grassley, per the Des Moines Register.

  • Of the 27% who would re-elect him, 51% were Republican, 7% were Democrat and 23% were independents.
  • 37% of Republicans polled said they were ready for someone else to take up the seat, while 89% of Democrats and 68% of Independents said the same, reports the Des Moines Register.
  • Seven out of 10 female voters surveyed said they would like to see Grassley replaced, notes Politico.

What they're saying: "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,” pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., the company that conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register.

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Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Sep 24, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Slipknot returns to Iowa for Knotfest

Knotfest — Slipknot's giant metal music festival — is drawing in 30,000 fans from around the world to the National Balloon Classic field just outside Indianola this Saturday.

  • To put it into perspective: Wells Fargo Arena's capacity is 16,000. Indianola's population? 15,000.

Why it matters: Iowa is a seemingly odd location when you consider Slipknot has drawn masses of fans, aka "maggots," to festivals in Japan, Colombia and France.

  • But Slipknot is Des Moines born and raised. And growing up in the Midwest makes you metal.

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Biden: Jan. 6 Capitol riot "was about white supremacy"

President Biden speaks during the 10th anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 21, 2021. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden said Thursday that white supremacy motivated rioters who carried out the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Driving the news: "The violent, deadly insurrection on the Capitol nine months ago, it was about white supremacy, in my opinion," Biden said at an event commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington.