The Latest: Republican Naig elected agriculture secretary
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Iowa’s general election (all times local):
Republican Mike Naig will remain state agriculture secretary.
Voters on Tuesday choose Naig over Democrat Tim Gannon, a central Iowa farmer who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Naig grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and has worked at the state agriculture department since 2013. Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed him agriculture secretary in March and he received the GOP nomination at a state convention over four other candidates.
The Iowa Farm Bureau endorsed Naig and ran ads on his behalf.
Both candidates opposed policies by President Donald Trump that resulted in tariffs being imposed on Iowa crops. Gannon supported increasing the sales tax to fund a natural resource and outdoor recreation fund. Naig opposed the proposal.
Libertarian Rick Stewart also sought the office.
Republican Steve King has won a ninth term representing northwest Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
Voters Tuesday re-elected King despite a string of controversies about comments and meetings he has held involving other candidates and groups characterized as white nationalists. King has argued that all those he met or made comments about were simply conservatives.
King defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player who raised more money than King and spent months crisscrossing the 39-county district.
King did little campaigning but maintained his hardline views on immigration and support of gun rights were in step with the conservative district.
Scholten argued the district needed a representative more focused on their needs than on promoting King’s controversial views.
Libertarian Charles Aldrich also was seeking the office.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has been elected to a second term, beating Democrat Deidre DeJear.
Pate won Tuesday after a campaign that focused largely on his successful efforts to implement voter identification.
Pate worked with his fellow Republicans in the Legislature to approve voter ID regulations, then argued he took all steps possible to ensure people knew about the rule changes and were able to obtain necessary forms of identification.
DeJear opposed voter ID but pushed for doing more to ensure everyone was able to vote, rather than seeking repeal of the law.
Pate has served as secretary of state since 2015 and also held that office in the 1990s. He previously was mayor of Cedar Rapids and a state senator.
Libertarian Jules Ofenbakh also sought the office.
Republican Kim Reynolds has won her first full term as governor, beating Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell.
Voters elected Reynolds on Tuesday. She became governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad was named ambassador to China, and had previously won two terms at lieutenant governor.
In her campaign, Reynolds pointed to Iowa’s low unemployment rate and her support of legislation that lowered taxes, expanded mental health options and sought to outlaw most abortions.
Reynolds becomes the first woman elected governor of Iowa. Before her terms as lieutenant governor, she served in the Legislature.
She overcame a challenge from Hubbell, who argued Reynolds had poorly managed the state and had wasted taxpayer money on corporate tax breaks. Hubbell also criticized Reynolds for her support for privatizing Iowa’s Medicaid system for poor and disabled people.
Democrat Rob Sand has been elected Iowa’s state auditor, beating incumbent Republican Mary Mosiman.
Sand won Tuesday’s election after a more high-profile campaign than is typical for the office.
Sand, an attorney and former prosecutor with the state attorney general’s office, ran an aggressive campaign that focused on his call for more investigations of misspending in state and local governments.
Mosiman was appointed auditor in 2013 and then elected to a full term in 2014. She previously was Story County’s auditor and worked in the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office
She had stressed her experience as a certified public accountant.
Democrat Cindy Axne has beaten incumbent Republican Rep. David Young to represent Des Moines and much of southwest Iowa in the U.S. House.
Voters chose Axne on Tuesday after twice electing Young, a former aide to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.
In her campaign, Axne focused on health care and Young’s support for President Donald Trump.
Axne noted that Young voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which stopped insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions among other requirements. Young acknowledged his votes but argued he’d always favored protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held separate Iowa rallies last month to support Young.
The 3rd District is made up of 16 counties and includes Des Moines.
Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack has been elected to a seventh term in Congress, representing southeast Iowa’s 2nd District.
Voters on Tuesday chose Loebsack over Republican Christopher Peters, a doctor who also ran against Loebsack in 2016.
In his campaign, Peters repeatedly criticized health care changes made through the Affordable Care Act, which Loebsack supports. Peters called for enacting changes to create a more efficient and less costly system.
Loebsack, a college professor before being elected to the U.S. House, focused his campaign on improving the rural economy, including passing a farm bill.
The 2nd District includes 24 counties and the cities of Burlington, Davenport, Iowa City and Muscatine.
Democrat Abby Finkenauer has been elected in northeast Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, becoming one of the youngest women ever elected to the U.S. House.
Finkenauer defeated incumbent Republican Rod Blum on Tuesday. She won after a campaign that played up her blue collar roots and focused on the need to help working-class families.
Blum lost in his bid for a third term. He was elected in 2014 as a tea party candidate and remained a reliable conservative and strong supporter of President Donald Trump. He’s acknowledged that Trump’s tariff fight with China has been costly for Iowa farmers but argued the president is a master negotiator and that the immediate pain will ultimately pay off in better commodity prices.
The 1st district covers 20 counties and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.
Polls have closed in Iowa after 14 hours of voting.
Iowa has one of the nation’s longest voting windows, and people who went to the polls Tuesday had plenty of choices.
The race for governor between incumbent Republican Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell got most attention, but there also were competitive congressional races. And even down-ballot races for secretary of state, auditor and agriculture secretary drew plenty of attention.
Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King is banning Iowa’s largest newspaper from his election night events in Sioux City.
The Des Moines Register reports it requested credentials to cover the event, but King’s son, Jeff King, responded Tuesday with an email saying, “We are not granting credentials to the Des Moines Register or any other leftist propaganda media outlet with no concern for reporting the truth.”
A telephone call left by The Associated Press with the King campaign wasn’t immediately returned.
King has faced criticism from Republican officials and lost funding from business group after he tweeted support for a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and praised a nationalist party in Austria with Nazi ties. Most of the criticism came in light of a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
King says media reports have been inaccurate and unfair.
King usually wins re-election by a wide margin in the conservative 4th Congressional District but his Democratic challenger this year, J.D. Scholten, is well funded and has run an energetic campaign.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and her husband, Kevin, have cast their ballots in their hometown of Osceola.
They arrived at a polling station at Osceola United Methodist Church a little more than an hour after the polls opened across Iowa on Tuesday.
Few voters and poll workers were in attendance, so the Reynoldses were in and out of the polling place in just a few minutes. The governor did take time to share a few hugs with people and talk to a television reporter.
Osceola sits about 39 miles (63 kilometers) south of the state capital, Des Moines.
Polls have opened across Iowa for an election highlighted by competitive races for governor and Congress.
More than 1,600 precincts will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Roughly half a million voters had cast ballots before Election Day, taking advantage of Iowa’s lenient early voting rules.
Polls indicate a tight race for governor between Republican Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell. Iowa’s congressional races also will be watched closely as Democrats attempt to win seats held by Republican incumbents in the 1st and 3rd districts. Some Democrats are optimistic about winning in the 4th district, where Republican Steve King is seeking his 9th term.
Republicans maintain they can retain the seats.
The statewide races for secretary of state, auditor and agriculture secretary also could be close.