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‘Cresting at the right time’: Franken wins, Reynolds forsakes fellow Republicans, and other takeaways from the primary election

Retired Adm. Mike Franken easily defeated Abby Finkenauer to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in what was the highest profile contested race in the nation on Tuesday. Franken won 55.2 percent of the vote and carried 76 of […]

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Trump testifies about why he told people at 2016 Cedar Rapids rally to ‘knock the crap out of’ anyone with a tomato

Everyone at then-candidate Donald Trump’s rally at the then-U.S. Cellular Center on Iowa Caucus day 2016 knew he was worried about tomatoes. He told them so. “So I get a little notice, in case you see the security guys,” Trump […]

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Judge removes Abby Finkenauer from Democratic primary ballot, after Republicans challenge three signatures on nominating petition

Late Sunday night, a Polk County judge ordered Abby Finkenauer’s name “not be included on the primary ballot for the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.” Judge Scott Beattie ruled that three people who signed Finkenauer’s nomination petition had not properly […]

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Rita Hart drops her challenge of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election, citing the GOP’s ‘toxic campaign of political disinformation’

Rita Hart announced on Wednesday afternoon she is withdrawing her challenge to the 2020 election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Hart, a Democrat, lost the race for the district’s open seat to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by six votes, according […]

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Democrats are a third of Iowa’s registered voters, but 55 percent of those who have requested absentee ballots

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Gov. Reynolds says Iowans ‘should probably’ get to vote on same-sex marriage, but her office says she doesn’t mean it

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said “from the very beginning” her position on same-sex marriage has been “it probably should go to a vote of the people and they should weigh in.” Later that afternoon, the governor’s spokesperson said the […]

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