Iowa – US House – 2016 (Single State Series)

Hello, player! Ever wanted to play or watch the 2016 House elections? Of course you do/would, why else would you be viewing this post? Well anyway, ever find yourself wondering what it would be like to just play the House in one state? The all 435 races in normal Congress Infinity giving you anxiety? Have no fear, general viewer! Behold, the brand new Single State Series, for the US House!

In this series, one takes control of a specific party in a specific state. This smaller focus allows one to more easily focus on the really competitive (or in certain races, the least competitive) races, without worrying if you’ll lose the lead in a district literally anywhere else in the states.

What Changed?

-New Map (obviously): Iowa US House Congressional Districts, 2013-2023

-Observer Mode/Party!: I love it,?you love it, heck for all scenarios official and custom, it should be mandatory!

-New region-specific photos!: Taken from here, “Current Districts and Representatives”

-Adjusted population for each region, voters, and possible voting pop:Found from here

-Added massive amount of “Historical Context” for the General Blurb, for thos interested in learning

-Two start dates! October 8, and September 1, per request

-Re-adjusted Surrogates for the scenario. If you feel there could be a better scenario with more surrogates, please let me know!

-(V1.1): Lowered “Allowance” (my word for party campaign funds) has been lowered to 300k for both main parties, thank you to who suggested it, you know who you are.

Future Plans/Few Last Things

n this specific scenario, Iowa -2016! Iowa’s 2016 campaign wasn’t the most competitive in real life-all of the electoral victors won by at least 5 points. However, I felt it would be helpful for you to start on an easier (in the GOP mind) campaign, or for the Democrats, an extermely hard campaign. In the future, I hope to create and upload both the 2014 and 2018 races as well.

This is my very first campaign to go public for 270soft-I’d be incredibly grateful for any and all feedback from you. If you feel there are improvements to be made, please let me know and I’ll do my best to accomodate, and hopefully make it better.

Again, I’ll repeat myself. This is meant to be the launch of a series. I hope to make more scenarios like this in the future.

3 thoughts on “Iowa – US House – 2016 (Single State Series)

  1. It’s an interesting idea, and I had some good fun in my first run. As a first point, I think that both sides have far too much money for such a microcosm of a race. While 100 million would be fine for a massive state like California, Texas, or Florida, it makes expenses on ads effectively trivial in Iowa.

  2. Would a campaign budget of $5 million be too much? I see your point clearly. While testing myself, it felt like 100 million was overkill x a million. Thank you for the feedback!

  3. $5 million seems a lot more reasonable. Run a few test games and see how it feels! A key problem with so much money is the ability to spam television ads, which makes it that much easier.

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