A special election was held Tuesday for the Iowa House. Republicans won a seat once held by a Democrat.
According to the Des Moines Register, Jon Dunwell, 55-years old, is a pastor who also works in financial services. He won 60% of the vote and flipped Iowa House District 29, from blue to red. The victory, which marks the second special election win for Republicans in recent weeks, gives the party a 60-40- majority in the state’s House, the paper said.
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“Iowans are sending a clear message—they wholly reject the policies and agenda of Iowa Democrats,” Jeff Kauffmann, the head of the state’s Republican Party, said in a statement. He said it is his hope that the state’s GOP will help “put an end to the chaos we are seeing coming out of Washington, D.C.”
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This seat was made vacant by Wes Breckenridge the Democratic incumbent, who beat Dunwell in 2020. He resigned to accept a position at Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Dunwell defeat Steve Mullan, a Democrat who was 82 years old and a retired teacher. Mullan is presently a member of the Newton City Council.
The Iowa State Secretary of State still has to certify the vote.
Ronna McDaniel of the Republican National Committee was attracted to the win and posted on Tuesday, “Democrats in the State held the Seat for 46 Years.”
House Speaker Pat Grassley said in a statement obtained by the Register, “This is further confirmation that Iowans are resoundingly rejecting the liberal policies coming from D.C. and influencing the Democratic Party in Iowa.”
Fox News sent Dunwell an e-mail, but Dunwell did not respond.
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Iowa was won by former President Trump with 53.2%. President Biden was elected with 45%.
This article was contributed by the Associated Press