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Libertarian Party loses official-party status after midterms

Jake Porter

Isabella Senno, Politics Reporter

November 12, 2018

Libertarians have lost their status as an official ballot-eligible political party in Iowa after their gubernatorial candidate, Jake Porter, failed to earn 2 percent of the votes cast in last week’s midterm election. That percentage fell short of the state’s legal requirements to be a major polit...

Who won Iowa on Tuesday? Women.

Democratic candidate for Iowa’s first congressional district Abby Finkenauer is greeted by supporters during a watch party at 7 Hills Brewing Company in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018. Finkenauer defeated incumbent Republican Rod Blum and, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14, becomes one of the first women under 30 elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Reporter

November 8, 2018

Before Nov. 4, 2014, Iowa had never sent a woman to Congress nor elected a woman to the governor’s office. Now, in a historic election night for Iowa women, two of the four U.S. representatives and the governorship are held by females. Democratic Reps.-elect Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer toppled ...

Midterm elections solidify Iowa as purple state

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg wave at the crowd at the Hilton in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Reynolds defeated her opponent, Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell in the race for Iowa governor.

Julia DiGiacomo, Politics Reporter

November 8, 2018

Iowa re-established itself as a purple state Tuesday night after electing a Republican governor and flipping two congressional districts from red to blue. Because of key wins in populous areas Tuesday, Democrats Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 4...

Kim Reynolds wins, becoming Iowa’s first elected female governor

Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses her supporters at the Hilton in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Reynolds defeated her opponent, Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell on Tuesday.

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

November 7, 2018

DES MOINES — Former lieutenant governor and current acting governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, became the first woman to be elected to Iowa’s highest political office Tuesday night. There are still 22 states that have never elected a female governor according to CAWP at Rutgers University. She de...

Dave Loebsack wins re-election for 7th term in Congress

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) (center) shakes hands with Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom at an election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

Isabella Senno, Politics Reporter

November 6, 2018

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, defeated opponent Christopher Peters in the race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, ensuring he will serve a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Loebsack has garnered 55 percent of the vote, and Peters finished with 42.34 percent of the vote, according...

Abby Finkenauer unseats Republican Rod Blum in Iowa’s 1st District

Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District Abby Finkenauer is greeted by supporters during a watch party at 7 Hills Brewing Company in Dubuque on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Finkenauer defeated incumbent Republican Rod Blum and, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14, has become one of the first women under 30 elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 
(Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Julia DiGiacomo, Politics Reporter

November 6, 2018

DUBUQUE — Voters elected Dubuque native and Democratic state Sen. Abby Finkenauer to Congress over two-term Republican incumbent Rod Blum, tipping Iowa’s 1st Congressional District blue Tuesday night in a key victory for Democrats to regain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her ele...

Voter turnout increases across Iowa

Students are seen voting at the Main Library on Nov. 6, 2018.

Alexandra Skores, News Reporter

November 7, 2018

Voters turned out more than the 2014 elections. As of press time, 59.8 percent of Iowa’s electorate had voted Tuesday; 1,296,520 of voters cast a ballot, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Seven percent of Iowa’s precincts had not reported results by midnight Tuesday. Ringgold...

Win for Zach Wahls in Iowa Senate race

Iowa Senate Democratic Candidate Zach Wahls watches election results on his laptop during an election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Andy Mitchell, News Reporter

November 6, 2018

After Tuesday’s victory in the race for the District 37 state Senate seat, Democratic candidate Zach Wahls becomes one of the youngest faces in that body at 26. At his election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery, Wahls said he was pleased with voter turnout, particularly from young people. ...

Bolkcom glides to re-election for State Senate seat

Iowa State Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom shares a laugh with an attendee at an election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Charles Peckman, News Reporter

November 6, 2018

Joe Bolkcom, the incumbent Democratic state senator in Iowa Senate District 43, defeated University of Iowa senior and Republican Patrick Wronkiewicz to retain his seat by a large margin on Tuesday night. Bolkcom, who is currently serving his fifth term in the state Senate, ran on a campaign that foc...

Steve King maintains seat in Congress for Iowa’s 4th district

Congressman Steve King speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition is a dedicated to educating the public and training Christians for effective political action. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

Josie Fishels, News Reporter

November 7, 2018

Republican Steve King prevailed over well-funded Democrat J.D. Scholten Tuesday night. King, despite facing last-minute sponsorship withdrawals and condemnations from the national Republican Party, won by 3.37 percent to Scholten’s 46.96 percent at the time of publication. King, a 16-year incumbent, ...

Democrat Rob Sand unseats Republican Mary Mosiman for Iowa state auditor

Iowa State Auditor-elect Rob Sand speaks to supporters during the statewide Democratic candidates' watch party at Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Aadit Tambe, News Reporter

November 7, 2018

Among a host of Republican election winners, Democrat Rob Sand won Iowa State Auditor after a heavily funded campaign Tuesday night. Sand out-raised Republican incumbent Mary Mosiman in the race. According to unofficial results, Sand got 51.07 percent of votes, while Mosiman won 46.33 percent of th...

Mike Naig secures executive office of Iowa agriculture

Iowa acting Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sits for a portrait in The Daily Iowan newsroom on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Naig is running for election, after serving as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since 2013.

Jordan Prochnow, News Reporter

November 7, 2018

Republican Mike Naig won the Secretary of Agriculture position on Tuesday night. Naig received 50.48 percent of votes, while Democratic opponent Tim Gannon received 46.48 percent of votes with all counties reporting results. Naig was appointed as state Secretary of Agriculture in March after former-secretar...