2014 Elections

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Why do we classify states or regions as “red” or “blue”? How did certain areas of the country gain particular political reputations? 

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Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's 'Squeal' ad made waves this election cycle. NPR political correspondent Mara Liassion believes Ernst's gender was crucial to that appeal.

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“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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Republicans hand a major defeat to President Obama and Senate Democrats, seizing control of the U.S. Senate; and Iowa makes history, electing its first female senator, Joni Ernst.

One lone Democrat remains in Iowa’s six-member congressional delegation to Washington. This politics day, host Ben Kieffer and several political analysts examine the results of Iowa’s races and fit them into the national picture, to ask, what may be in store for the final two years of the Obama presidency?

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Voter turnout Tuesday was not as high as the historic turnout in the 2010 midterm election, but the Secretary of State's office says it came close. 

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The lone Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is looking forward to returning to Congress. Dave Loebsack says they’ve been gone too long.

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Last night Governor Branstad was elected to a sixth term and Republican Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. Democrats held on to its majority in the state senate. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey about last night's results and what it might mean for 2016.

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The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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Republican David Young is the new Congressman from Iowa’s third district. He beat Staci Appel with 53 percent of the vote. Young says he will start working for Iowa on day one of his term.

“And you folks have the power to hire and fire,” he says.  “I’m not loyal to any party leadership, any president, this group or that group. You’re in charge here. This is self-determination, you’re the boss.”

Young celebrated his victory just a few blocks from his home in Van Meter. He says his campaign staff made a huge difference.

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Republican Rod Blum, a Dubuque businessman, defeated Democrat Pat Murphy for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in a tight race that was separated by a little more than 5,000 votes. 

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Republican State Senator and National Guard officer Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. She defeated Democrat Bruce Braley to replace Tom Harkin in the U.S. Senate. 

It was a roller coaster race throughout the campaign. But late polls showed Ernst surging. She declared her victory to a packed room at the West Des Moines Marriott. Ernst said it’s a long way from Red Oak, Iowa, to the United States Senate.

“Thanks to all of you, we are heading to Washington and we’re going to make them squeal,” she said.

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As predicted, Governor Terry Branstad cruised to victory to win his sixth term as the state’s chief executive, easily defeating his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch. 

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Tomorrow is the 2014 Midterm Election. While both major parties have championed early voting, many Iowans will score an “I Voted” sticker at their polling station.  

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Candidates for the Iowa House and Senate have filed their final campaign finance reports before tomorrow’s election.    

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With Election Day on Tuesday, IPR’s Clay Masters spoke with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey, to discuss what to expect.

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Former Secretary of State  and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was at a union hall in Cedar Rapids today.

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Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

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Iowa City, Davenport, Burlington and Ottumwa are the major population centers in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.   

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Iowa's 3rd Congressional District contains 16 counties in the southwest quadrant of the state. Its largest population centers are Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

Polling shows Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young, neck-and-neck for the open race. Republican Tom Latham is stepping down after 10 terms in Congress. 

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The 4th District covers the most area, but contains the fewest people of Iowa's four congressional districts.  Situated in the northwest quadrant of the state, Sioux City, Ames and Mason City are the 4th's major population centers.  

Republican Congressman Steve King is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. House. Polling shows Democrat Jim Mowrer trailing King by double digits in the solidly Republican district. 

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Just a week away from election day, polls show Governor Terry Branstad has a double-digit lead over Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch.

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Since the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision in 2010, there’s been more and more participation in electoral politics by groups not coordinated with campaigns or parties. 

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Governor Branstad’s campaign schedule this week includes helping Republican candidates for the Iowa Senate.   

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State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

The Iowa Nice Guy says he’s running to represent the “Nice Party” of Iowa.

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Republican Governor Terry Branstad is leaving nothing to chance as the November election draws near.

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With less than two weeks before the election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is introducing himself to voters across the state.  

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Two weeks to go until Election Day. Polls continue to show the Braley-Ernst Senate race is one of the closest in the nation – a contest that could decide party control in the Senate.

Rand Rallies Republicans

Oct 22, 2014
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U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is in Iowa today in support of GOP candidates up and down the ticket. Speaking at the University of Northern Iowa on behalf of First District Congressional candidate Rod Blum, Paul said he believes Republicans will do well in the upcoming election,” in Kentucky where I’m from, the Democratic candidate for the U-S Senate can’t remember who she voted for for President, and then you come to Iowa and everybody comes here for the Democrat but they can’t remember his name either, I really wish Bruce Bailey well, I really do.”