For all the complaints regarding the lack of a “Red Wave,” the GOP keeps picking up seats or retaining them. Republican Zach Nunn unseated two-term incumbent Democrat Cindy Axne 50 percent to 49 percent, further showing Iowa to be a truly Red State. Every senator and representative in the House is a Republican.
Source: the DesMoines Register:
Republican Zach Nunn won election to Iowa’s 3rd District seat in the U.S. House, unseating two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne.
The Associated Press called the race for Nunn Wednesday afternoon. Iowa’s 3rd District includes Polk and Dallas counties, as well as areas to the south and west.
Similar to a California incumbent congressman (stay tuned), Nunn declared his victory, even before the media did.
Nunn declared victory at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, before the race was officially called. Nunn, a state legislator, won with 50.3% of the vote to Axne’s 49.7%, a separation of slightly more than 2,000 votes.
“We’re going to work with people not just across the aisle, but every Iowan who wants to make a dedicated move to make our state better — and by result, our country better,” Nunn said to a crowd at a Republican election night event.
Nunn delivered an incredibly enthusiastic and entertaining acceptance speeches tonight that was interrupted by his foster daughter.
After the AP decision, Cindy Axne conceded the race and thanked her supporters.
“Representing Iowa’s Third Congressional District has been one of the best opportunities of my life and I hope Zach Nunn understands the responsibility of this office and will continue my hard work to uplift Iowans’ voices in Washington, D.C.”
Axne was sent to Congress in 2018 on the backlash in the midterms against former President Donald Trump. Axne concentrated her campaign on the rights of women to abortion, and she praised Democrat achievements like that of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Contrary to what the narrative will be to try to convince us of the reason for the absence of a Red Wave, it wasn't Roevember. Abortion was on the ballot in two locations: New York and California. These states have the least informed voters and the least restrictions on abortion.
Evidently, Biden's accomplishments and abortion weren't the winning combination that they were expected to be. They definitely weren't what the voters of District 3 wanted to hear about.