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What to know from the midterm elections


Here’s some of the top news to know from yesterday’s midterm elections.

In Iowa
As of this morning, a few Iowa races remain too close to call; however, the state overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidates to fill its top elected positions. Here’s a look at the results.

U.S. Senate:Sen. Chuck Grassleydefeated former Navy Admiral Mike Franken and was elected to his eighth term. He will remain one of the longest-serving senators in the country, and at 89 he is the second-oldest member of the Senate.

U.S. House:GOP state Sen. Zach Nunn was trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne in a district that includes Des Moines and its suburbs. Nunn had a narrow lead this morning, but the race remained too close to call,the Associated Press reported. In southeastern Iowa, GOP U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won a second term in the House after winning by just six votes in 2020, in the closest congressional race in decades. In northeastern Iowa, Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson fended off a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Liz Mathis after a hard-fought race between two former television news anchors. In rural western Iowa, Rep. Randy Feenstra cruised to reelection over Democrat Ryan Melton.

Governor:Gov. Kim Reynoldsdefeated Democrat Deidre Dejear by 20 points. Reynolds has been governor since mid-2017.

Other state races:Incumbent Paul Pate won reelection for secretary of state. Mike Naig won reelection for secretary of agriculture. Races for Iowa’s attorney general, treasurer and auditor remained too close for the AP to call them; as of this morning the races were led by Brenna Bird, Roby Smith and Rob Sand, respectively. Pate, in atweetthat was posted around 1 a.m., wrote that he was asking for an administrative recount in Des Moines and Warren counties because of technical problems. The recount affects about 30,000 ballots, he tweeted.

Des Moines-area seats in theIowa Legislature(as reported by the Des Moines Register):

  • House District 29: Uncontested candidate Brian Meyer will keep his seat.
  • House District 30: Megan Srinivas claimed victory over Jerry Cheevers.
  • House District 31: Democrat Mary Madison defeated Republican Justin Pearson.
  • House District 32: Jennifer Konfrst defeated challenger Mark Brown.
  • House District 33: Uncontested candidate Ruth Ann Gaines will keep her seat.
  • House District 34: Ako Abdul-Samad defeated R.J. Miller.
  • House District 35: Democrat Sean Bagniewski defeats no party-candidate Dennis McCullough.
  • House District 36: Uncontested candidate Austin Baeth will take the seat.
  • House District 39: Incumbent Rick Olson wards off Republican challenger Mark Weatherly.
  • House District 40: Republican attorney Bill Gustoff leads the race to represent Altoona and parts of Des Moines, but the race was not yet called this morning.
  • House District 41: Molly Buck narrowly leads Marvis Landon as of early morning today, but the race was not yet called.
  • House District 42: Heather Matson narrowly leads Garrett Gobble as of early today, but the race was not yet called.
  • House District 43: Eddie Andrews holds a narrow lead over Suresh Reddy as of early morning today, but the race was not yet called.
  • House District 44: John Forbes, who ran uncontested, was elected to a sixth term.
  • House District 45: Brian Lohse, who ran uncontested, was elected to a third term.
  • Senate District 15: Uncontested candidate Tony Bisignano will keep his seat in Des Moines’ south side.
  • Senate District 16: Incumbent Claire Celsi claimed victory over challenger Bradley Price.
  • Senate District 17: Democrat Izaah Knox won the three-way race to represent downtown Des Moines.
  • Senate District 21: Mike Bousselot holds a narrow lead over Todd Brady as of early today, but the race was not yet called.
  • Senate District 23: Republican Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver defeated Democrat challenger Matt Pries.

Local races in Polk County (seefull resultsfrom the Des Moines Register):

  • Democrat Kimberly Graham was elected to be Polk County’s next county attorney.
  • Polk County supervisors: Incumbents Matt McCoy, Tom Hockensmith and Angela Connolly kept their seats.
  • Incumbent Mary Wells was reelected Polk County treasurer.
  • Incumbent Julie M. Haggerty was reelected Polk County recorder.
  • Incumbent Marc Ward and new candidates Kathleen Kacey Davis and Shaimaa Aly were elected to the Broadlawns Medical Center board of trustees.

Across the country

  • Meet the history-makers of the 2022 midterm elections. (CNN)
  • Republicans are favored to win a House majority, but not as big as many in the party had hoped. (Wall Street Journal)

Business impact
What midterm elections could mean for the U.S. economy
The results of Tuesday’s midterm election will shape what policies the Biden administration is able to enact in the next two years,CNN Businessreports. Some of the policy issues that investors will be watching as the results come in are raising the federal debt ceiling, Social Security, the Federal Reserve and spending on health care coverage and child care tax credits

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