Republicans at Iowa House won a special election on Tuesday, claiming seats held by state Democrats for decades.
According to The Des Moines Register, pastor and financial services representative John Donnewell, 55, turned Iowa House District 29 from blue to red after winning about 60% of the votes. According to the newspaper, the Republican Party’s second special election victory in recent weeks has given the Republican Party a majority of 60-40 people in the State Capitol.
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“Iowa is sending a clear message. They have completely rejected Iowa’s Democratic policies and agenda,” Jeff Kaufmann, the state’s Republican leader, said in a statement. He said he hopes the state Republicans will help “end the turmoil that emerges from Washington, DC.”
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Seats were vacant when Democratic incumbent Wes Breckenridge, who defeated Dunwell in 2020, resigned after accepting a job at the Iowa Academy of Law Enforcement. Dunwell defeated Democrat Steve Malang, an 82-year-old retired teacher in the Newton City Council.
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This victory caught the attention of Rona McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Rona McDaniel tweeted on Tuesday that state Democrats have held seats for 46 years.
In a statement obtained by the register, Speaker of the House Pat Grassley said, “This is a further addition to the fact that Iowa has categorically rejected liberal policies from Washington, DC and is affecting the Democratic Party of Iowa. It’s a confirmation. “
Dunwell did not immediately respond to the email from Fox News.
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Former President Trump supported Iowa in 2020, winning 53.2% of the vote. President Biden won 45% of the votes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Republicans win Iowa House of Representatives in special elections held by Democrats for decades
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