GOP Wins Key House Seat in Iowa

GOP Wins Key House Seat in Iowa

( – Various events in 2020 brought many political issues to the forefront of American life, challenging voters to question their beliefs and opinions. Now, citizens are watching states and districts that have voted Democratic for years turn red once again. The latest surprise and welcome flip happened in the Iowa state House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, October 12, Jon Dunwell (R) won the special election for Iowa’s House District 29, beating out Democratic challenger Steve Mullan. The race occurred after Representative Wes Breckenridge (D) announced he would be leaving office to join the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Fox News reporter Kyle Morris shared the news as it broke:

Dunwell, a pastor and financial professional, won 60% of the vote. Prior to the 2020 election, his district voted for every Democratic presidential candidate in six of the seven previous elections, making this flip a noteworthy one.

Jasper County, the home of Dunwell’s new seat, was a Democratic manufacturing hub for years, being home to both an enormous Maytag plant and the Maytag Blue Cheese Company. These results highlight that conservative values are making their way back into areas that for years voted liberally, giving hope to the GOP that it could win similar seats in the 2022 midterms.

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