DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, defeated his Democratic challenger, retired Admiral Mike Franken, to win an eighth term in the U.S. Senate. Iowa Republicans successfully defended the three congressional seats they held and flipped the lone congressional seat held by a Democrat.
With 96 of 99 counties fully reporting, Grassley won 56 percent of the vote (678,738), with Franken pulling in 43.86 percent (531,589). With the victory, the 89-year-old U.S. Senator will be the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate.
In the newly drawn Iowa 1st Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, defeated her Democratic challenger, State Rep. Christina Bohannan of Iowa City, 53.28 percent (160,441) to 46.63 percent (140,403).
U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, won re-election in the new Iowa 2nd Congressional District, defeating her Democratic challenger, State Senator Liz Mathis of Hiawatha, 54.06 percent (172,336) to 45.87 percent (146,259).
U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, easily defeated his Democratic challenger Ryan Melton and Liberty Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder winning 67.32 percent of the vote (186,373).
(Update 3:49p) Republican State Senator Zach Nunn of Bondurant defeats U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne by slightly more than 2,000 votes. Nunn earned 50.25 percent (155,972) of the vote, while Axne earned 49.58 percent (153,905).