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Primary Election 2022 Results

Monday, June 27, 2022

Iowa voters went to the polls on Tuesday, June 7 to select their party's candidates for the November 8 General Election.  If someone wants to run for office as a Republican or a Democrat, they must first get the members of their own party to pick them as their candidate.  That's what a primary election is - the members of a political party vote for the person they want to go up against the other party's candidate in the November election.  

The primary election was also the first time voters are selecting someone to run in new districts.  Voters turned out in near record numbers; it was the second highest turnout in a primary election since 1994. Almost 40% of the registered voters in both parties turned out to vote in the primary (195,355 Republicans; 156,589 Democrats).  We hope that you got a chance to get out and vote; it's your voice and your time to pick the people who will make important decisions about your life. 

People often refer to the "top of the ticket," meaning the races at the top of the ballot.  Topping our ballots are the US Senate race, US Representative, and our statewide races (Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Secretary of Agriculture).  

  • US Senate: US Senator Charles Grassley beat State Senator Jim Carlin for the Republican nomination; he is running for his 8th six-year term.  He will face retired Admiral Mike Franken, who beat former US Representiative Abby Finkenauer in the primary to be the Democratic Party's candidate.  Franken won 76 of Iowa's 99 counties; Sen. Grassley won all 99 counties.
  • Congressional District 1: State Representative Christina Bohannan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, so she will face Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
  • Congressional District 2: Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R) will face State Senator Liz Mathis (D). Neither had a primary opponent, but this race is considered one of the most competitive in the nation. 
  • Congressional District 3: Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D) will face State Senator Zach Nunn (R), who won a three-way primary.
  • Congressional District 4: US Representative Randy Feenstra (R) will face as Ryan Melton (D), who is from Nevada and works at Nationwide.
  • Governor:  Neither Governor Kim Reynolds (R) nor her opponent Deidre DeJear (D) had primary opponents, so they will go on to the November election.
  • Secretary of State:  Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) was unopposed in the primary, but there were two county auditors running to be the Democratic candidate.  Linn County Auditor Joel Miller beat Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lanker by a little less than 50,000 votes.

  • State Auditor:  Todd Halbur, the Chief Financial Officer for the State Alcoholic Beverages Commission, edged out former State Representative Mary Ann Hanusa to be the Republican candidate to run against State Auditor Tom Sands (D).

State Senate:

  • All current State Senators will move on to the General Election (most didn't have an opponent, but those who did won). Likewise, all current State Representatives who are running for State Senate won their races (Rep. Liz Bennett, Rep. Mike Bousselot, Rep. Molly Donanue, Rep. Charlie McClintock, Rep. Sandy Salmon, Rep. Cherielynn Westrich, Rep. Cindy Winckler).
  • No surprises on the Democratic side.  There was a bit more drama on the Republican side.  Rep. Charlie McClintock decided to run for State Senate this year, and faced a primary opponent.  He lost by two votes on election night but a hand recount changed the election results; he won by two votes.

State House:

  • Three current Republican State Representatives lost their primaries after Governor Kim Reynolds endorsed their opponents (Rep. Dennis Bush, Rep. Dustin Hite, Rep. Jon Thorup). Another three lost because they were thrown into districts with other legislators:
    • Rep. Dean Fisher (R) beat Rep. Dave Maxwell (R).
    • Freshman Rep. Steven Bradley (R) beat House Ways & Means Chair Rep. Lee Hein (R).
    • Rep. Jeff Shipley (R) beat Rep. Joe Mitchell (R).  Interestingly, Rep. Shipley will go up against former Republican State Representative Dave Heaton's nephew, who is running as a Democrat. 
  • The Republican primary in one district (new HD 46 - Grimes and Northern Polk County) had to be decided at a June 27 special convention, since none of the five candidates received the required 35% of the vote. Jeremy Freeman, a Grimes business owner who also got the highest number of votes in the primary election, will be the Republican candidate for this House seat.  Former Democratic State Representative Dan Kelly was one of those who lost in this primary; he had switched parties and moved from Newton to run in this newly formed district.
  • Another former legislator (former Republican State Senator Mark Chelgren) lost a primary to Austin Harris, who served in the Trump Administration and was Congresswoman Marianette Miller-Meeks' deputy chief of staff.  Former Republican Congresssman David Young and former Democratic Congressional candidate J.D. Shoulton were unopposed in their primaries for State Representative.
  • All Democratic State Representatives will move on to the General Election. The Democratic races were pretty boring; even thesix-way primary in the Des Moines area was decided on election night.  UnityPoint doctor Austin Baeth won that race with nearly 50% of the vote.  Another Des Moines doctor won her Democratic primary; Dr. Megan Srinivas beat former Democratic Congressional candidate Eddie Mauro. 

Remember, every vote counts, and yours could make the difference!  Three primary races were decided by less than 100 votes! Only 25 votes made the difference in one Senate District (out of 3,132 total votes).  As noted above, Rep. Charlie McClintock won his primary for State Senate by only two votes in a recount (on election night, he lost by two votes).  Two votes made the difference out of the 3,736 votes cast!  Every vote does count.  So start making a plan to vote on (or before) November 8!  

 More Resources:

  • You can see final results of the primary on the Secretary of State's website here.
  • You can see the new Congressional Districts here.
  • You can find the new State Senate Districts here and State House Districts here.
  • To find which district you are now in, type in your address here.


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