Iowa did its part in providing a check on the Trumping of America by flipping two Republican held seats in the House of Representatives.
Abby Finkenauer defeated Rod Blum in the 1st district race. The result was largely expected nationally and locally as Rod Blum was just about the worst caricature of Washington D.C. you could imagine. I am no fan of Rod Blum and look forward to being represented by someone who is not as ethically challenged as Iowa’s Splenda version of Donald Trump.
A little less expected was Cindy Axne’s defeat of David Young in the 3rd district. Polling was kind of all over the place—which has to be considered the new normal in U.S. politics—but Axne ended up winning by a comfortable margin.
The most surprising result of the night, in my opinion, was Kim Reynolds’ victory over Fred Hubbell. The margin was not large–~33,000 votes—and if I add up the vote totals for the four house races the Democrats’ total was within less than 1,000 votes of Reynolds’ total. So, there was some serious ticket splitting going on somewhere in Iowa. It looks like we get a few more years of tax giveaways to multi-national corporations, health care privatization that costs more money, and budget shenanigans in the name of tax cuts for the wealthy. Welcome to the Republican Party in 2018!
Iowa has become a messy state politically. It was a harbinger of Barack Obama’s two victories, but it swung hard for Trump in 2016. Now it appears as if the state is swinging back toward something resembling sanity. It is my opinion that this bodes well for the election in 2020 as Iowa will be one of the states that is hotly contested despite its low number of electoral votes. Combine that with the first in the nation caucus for presidential hopefuls and it adds up to an eventful two years ahead of the Hawkeye State.
Unfortunately, Iowa is still stuck with the stain on humanity that is Steve King. The 4th district came within 8,000 votes of sending Steve King to the speaking circuit of white nationalists and neo-Nazis. He won, but not by a lot, and I hope that the Democratic Party works hard over the next two years to build up both a candidate and ground game to unseat that racist clown.