President Trump, Ernst, and Hinson Win in Iowa
While the race nationally is still too close to call, the race in Iowa is over. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that President Donald Trump has carried the Hawkeye state again in 2020.
As of late last night, the Gazette reported that Trump had secured 53.2% of Iowa votes compared to 44.9% for Democrat Joe Biden. That was with 90% of Iowa precincts reporting in their election results. Trump won the state of Iowa in 2016 by nearly 10 points over Hillary Clinton.
In a close-fought battle for the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Joni Ernst won a hard-fought battle over Democrat Theresa Greenfield. The Gazette reports that with 99% of Iowa precincts reporting, Ernst secured 51.7% of the vote compared to 45.3% for Greenfield. Ernst is the first woman from Iowa ever elected to the U.S. Senate. She thanked Greenfield for a spirited fight and urged all Iowans to unify.
In another hotly contested race, the Gazette reports that Republican challenger Ashley Hinson defeated incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer to win the 1st District U.S. House race. According to the Iowa Secretary of State, Hinson won with 51.25% of the vote compared to 48.65% for Finkenauer. That was a margin of just over 10,000 votes. Finkenauer did not speak last night or concede the race. The Gazette reports that Hinson's win marks the third time in six years that voters in this district have elected a new U.S. House representative.