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2020 Election Results: Iowa Senate

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John Pemble
Iowa Public Radio

Republicans currently hold a majority in the Iowa Senate with 32 seats to the Democrats’ 18. Democrats hope to get closer to a majority in the chamber, as Republicans defend 19 of the 25 seats on the ballot this year.

In 2016, Iowans not only helped vote President Trump into office, they also put Republicans in control of the Iowa Senate. Since then, Republicans have controlled the Iowa House of Representatives, Senate, and governor’s office.

House Democrats gained back some of that lost ground in 2018 by flipping several suburban districts, and then one GOP lawmaker switched parties. Now, Republicans hold a slim majority in the Iowa House with 53 seats to the Democrats’ 47, and Democrats see this as their year to break the Republican Party’s control over the Iowa Capitol. Find live results reporting from the Associated Press about those races here.

The House is the only chamber Democrats are likely to flip in 2020.The Iowa Senate is expected to remain in Republican hands because they have 32 seats to the Democrats’ 18, and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has at least two years left in office,according to Iowa State University political science professor Dave Peterson, and reporting by IPR's Katarina Sostaric.

Below are the 2020 Iowa Senate races by district. In 2020, even numbered districts are up for election. Any even district not listed is an uncontested race.

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