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As the votes came rolling in on Tuesday night, a few things stayed the same and a few things will change for Iowa, Mitchell County and the rest of the country.
Mitchell County will now begin transitioning from three supervisors to five, as the public measure passed in favor of the change.
Iowa has officially elected its first female governor — Gov. Kim Reynolds had yet to win an election in her own right, as previously she had filled the governorship after former Gov. Terry Branstad was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to China in 2017.
At the federal level, Democrats grabbed control of the House while the Republican party managed to pick up a few more seats in the Senate. Typically, the party in the White House loses Senate seats during mid-term elections, but Democrats faced an uphill battle as the Democrats had to defend several seats in states carried by President Donald Trump.
Here’s a rundown of how things came out:
Kim Reynolds (R) defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell in the race for Iowa Governor, in what was a close contest. Reynolds won with 662,634 or 50.4 percent of the votes, to Hubbell’s 47.5 percent.
In the U.S. House, Abby Finkenauer (D) toppled Republican incumbent Rod Blum with 50.9 percent of the votes, to Blum’s 46 percent. Finkenauer was one of several House seats across the country that switched from red to blue Tuesday night, as the Democratic party looks to have around a 30 seat advantage in the House for at least the next two years.
State Rep. Jane Bloomingdale retained her seat in the Iowa House District 51 race, beating challenger Tim Knutson (D). Bloomingdale will now begin her second term in Des Moines, representing her district that covers Worth, Mitchell, Winnebego and Howard Counties.
At the local level, a few races on the ballot came down to the wire, including a public measure to increase the number of county supervisors from three to five.
The “3 vs 5” issue passed in favor of five supervisors, with 51.6 percent of Mitchell County voters saying yes to five and 48.4 percent voting no.
Board of Supervisor District 1 (Osage) was close on election night, as only 7 votes separated leader Barb Francis (D) and Al Winters (R). Those results wont be official until after the canvas next Tuesday, November 13.
Shannon Paulus also retained her seat as County Treasurer, beating challenger Susan Ellinson 64 percent to 36 percent.
Several other races were on the ballot at state and local levels. Click here to see the election results for Mitchell County.