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November 15, 2018 Looking back on last week’s elections
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Because you haven’t had enough politics yet, let’s discuss the results from Tuesday.

Iowa governor: Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds doubled down on her disastrous privatization of Iowa Medicaid, and yet somehow it did not cost her.

Democrat Fred Hubbell came close, but Reynolds will be Iowa’s governor for the next four years.

I won’t lie – this one hurts.

Iowa’s U.S. House seats: In Iowa’s First District, Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Rod Blum 50-47. Cindy Axne defeated incumbent David Young 49-48. In Iowa’s Fourth District, Steve King fought off a tough challenge from J.D. Schloten to win 51-47.

In our own Second District, incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack defeated Dr. Christopher Peters by a 56-42 count.

Iowa Senate: This was always going to be a reach. The map gets much better for Iowa Dems in 2020.

Meanwhile, there were some gains, some losses, and Democrats end up pretty much where they were before.

Iowa House: Woulda, coulda, shoulda … about 2,000 more votes spread across various House races, and Dems control the House with 52 members. Instead, they will have to settle for a 46-54 deficit.

I am not prone to hyperbole when it comes to politics. I avoid words like “never,” “always” and “ever.” But this year was different. I have said it before, and I will say it again; the elections of 2018 were the most important elections in my lifetime.

Race after race was decided by less than 2 percent.

How in the world do Dems win three of four U.S. House seats in Iowa and lose the governorship? I don’t understand.

Similarly, Democrats won nationally by more than 9 percent – but lost Senate seats.

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