The Latest: Democrat Finkenauer beats Blum in 1st District

Published 11-07-2018

0 Ratings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on Iowa's general election (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

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.

___

9 p.m.

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 secretar

___

9 p.m.

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.

___

2 p.m.

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 As

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.

___

2 p.m.

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.

___

8:15 a.m.

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.

___

8 a.m.

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.

No comments found. Sign up or Login to rate and review content.