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A look at Iowa’s election results

Nov 09, 2016

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans took control of the Iowa Senate Tuesday winning more than the three seats they needed to secure control of state government for the first time in 18 years.

Democratic leaders say they expect to hold 18 seats down from the 26-seat majority they held last year although two races remained too close to call.

Voters also chose Republican Donald Trump for president and returned its GOP-heavy congressional delegation to Washington.

Here's a look at Iowa's general election choices:

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IOWA LEGISLATURE

Republicans secured a majority in the Iowa Senate, giving the GOP control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office.

The decisive win Tuesday night means Republicans in Iowa are better positioned to move ahead on a conservative agenda backed by Gov. Terry Branstad. For years, Senate Democrats have blocked Republican initiatives on a range of issues, including same-sex marriage, gun control and abortion restrictions. Republicans last controlled both chambers under Branstad in the late 1990s.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs who has served in the state Senate since 1985, also lost re-election.

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PRESIDENT

Iowans favored Donald Trump for president, marking just the second time since Ronald Reagan won in 1984 that a Republican candidate received majority of the vote. His win was no surprise as polls indicated Trump pulling ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton in recent weeks.

Few Americans have seen more of Clinton and Trump than the residents of Iowa. Since they began campaigning for the caucuses in summer 2015, both candidates have repeatedly visited the state for rallies and debates, and filled the airwaves with frequent TV ads. That's because Iowa's position as the first caucus state draws candidates for early visits, and its status as a general election battleground keeps them returning again and again.

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U.S. SENATE

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley cruised Tuesday night to re-election in Iowa, defeating former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge to secure his seventh Senate term.

Judge focused much of her campaign on Grassley's refusal as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to not hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Grassley argued that he was a conservative but independent voice in Washington.

Democrats also hoped Grassley's support for GOP presidential Trump might peel away some voters.

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HOUSE RACES

Iowa residents returned its incumbent congressional delegation to Washington, including two Republicans to second terms and two long-term representatives.

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Rep. David Young won over Democrat Jim Mowrer in a district that stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

Republican Rod Blum also won a second term representing Iowa's 1st Congressional District, beating Democrat Monica Vernon.

Blum won Tuesday's election in the northeast Iowa district, made up of 20 counties, despite a significant Democratic voter registration edge over Republicans. Non-affiliated voters outnumber those registered to either party in the district.

Republican Steve King will return to an eighth term in the 4th Congressional District and Democrat Dave Loebsack has won a sixth term representing Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.

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