Iowa voters delivered victories for most Republican candidates in Tuesday’s general election, with U.S. President Donald J. Trump winning the state’s six electoral votes, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst winning a second six-year term and two Congressional districts flipping from blue to red, according to preliminary results published by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.
In a speech at the White House, Trump claimed victory and called for the counting of votes to stop.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump said. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
In U.S. House District One, Republican Ashley Hinson took 51% of the votes to 48% for Democrat incumbent Abby Finkenauer. Fewer than 200 votes separate the candidates in the U.S. House District Two contest, with Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks narrowly outdistancing Democrat Rita R. Hart.
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne held on to her seat in U.S. House District Three, which includes Perry, by a margin of 49% to 47% for Van Meter Republican David Young. Hull Republican Randy Feenstra, the U.S. House District Four inheritor of former Congressman Steve King, took 62% of the vote to his Democrat opponent J. D. Scholten’s 38%.
In state-level races, the Republican party of Iowa retained control of the Iowa Legislature, holding on to its 32-to-18 advantage in the Iowa Senate and increasing its margin by six seats in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Republican incumbent Sen. Jake Chapman of Adel won 62% of the votes cast in State Senate District 10, which includes Perry, taking 19 of the 22 Dallas County precincts. The three Perry precincts voted for Stuart Democrat Warren Varley.
In Iowa House District 20, which includes Perry, Stuart Democratic Ryan Morrison won the three Perry precincts, but Republican incumbent Ray “Bubba” Sorensen of Greenfield won districtwide with 72% of the votes.
The GOP maintained its control of all Dallas County elected offices, with Dallas County Supervisor turning back a Democratic challenge from fellow Waukee resident Larry Lyon. Hanson won 56% of more than 50,000 votes cast.
Republicans running unopposed were Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard of Dallas Center, who was elected to a sixth term, and Dallas County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Julia Helm of Adel, who overcame Waukee Democrat Michael Kern for a second term of office.
Turnout in Dallas County was 82%.