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Election 2016: Iowa Republicans hang on to their congressional seats


Voters cast their ballots at Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. -- photo by Zak Neumann
Voters cast their ballots at Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. More photos below. — photo by Zak Neumann

In an election that swept Donald Trump into the White House, a number of Iowa Republicans hung on to their seats, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and U.S. Reps. Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young.

Grassley, 83, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, faced criticism for his decision to block hearings on the Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but still came through with 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results available early Wednesday morning.

“I work for you every day,” he said in a speech Tuesday night. “I work to be your voice in Washington. I work to hold government accountable in Washington.”

The sole Iowa Democrat in Congress, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, beat out Christopher Peters, who was running on the Republican ticket.

During his speech, Loebsack called Tuesday a “rough night” for Democrats in Iowa and across the country.

The full election results for state and local elections, as well as information about how Iowa voted at the top of the ballot, are available through the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. The Iowa election results are currently unofficial. Results will be updated as more information becomes available and official results will be available following the state canvass on December 5, 2016.

Photos by Zak Neumann

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