A special election for a House seat in an Iowa district that has been held by Democrats for almost 30 years has been flipped. This comes as a harbinger of increasing anti-Democrat voter sentiment. In the said special election, Republican candidate Jon Dunwell won.
According to the Des Moines Register, Dunwell came out victorious in a special election for the state's House of Representatives. He won over Democratic candidate Steve Mullan on Tuesday night with 60% of the votes. According to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office, Dunwell won over Mullan by 930 votes. These results remain unofficial until certified by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.
Following this, Dunwell released a statement in connection to his political victory.
He said: “Thank you, Jasper County, for putting your faith in me to be your voice in the Iowa Statehouse … Throughout this campaign, I have had the honor of hearing from so many of you — those who agreed with me and those who offered opposing viewpoints. I have learned so much and am eager to get to work representing each and every one of you.”
The special elections were called by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds when a Democrat resigned last month to fill in a position at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. With Dunwell’s victory, the GOP will manage to widen its majority in the state's House of Representatives.