Female Candidates in Iowa Win Big

Nov 7, 2018


This year’s midterm election closed out a competitive campaign season with three women making history in Iowa.


On this Politics Day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer breaks down last night’s midterm results with University of Northern Iowa political science professors Donna Hoffman and Chris Larimer.


Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds will maintain here seat and become the first woman ever elected to serve as Iowa’s governor, defeating retired businessman and philanthropist Fred Hubbell, running on the Democrat ticket.


In the 1st District, Democrat Abby Finkenauer has been elected as the district’s first female to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. At 29-years-old, Finkenauer will be one of the youngest people to ever serve in Congress. Finkenauer beat Republican Rod Blum, a self-described member of the Tea Party movement, and member of the Freedom Caucus.


Over in Iowa’s 3rd district, Democrat Cindy Axne joined Finkenauer as one of the first two women to ever represent Iowa in U.S. Congress, unseating two-term Republican incumbent, David Young who previously served as an aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley.


Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat, will maintain his seat in Iowa’s 2nd District, and Republican Congressman Steve King has been elected to serve a 9th term as the U.S. Representative of Iowa’s 4th District.