Iowa Election Results 2012: King, Latham, Loebsack, Braley win House races; Obama wins in presidential race

November 7, 2012

Here is a summary of the election results in Iowa: (View full map)

President

President Obama closed his campaign in Iowa, giving his last scheduled speechMonday night in Des Moines. On Tuesday, he took the state from Mitt Romney, who had never been a favorite there even among Republicans, but had recently gained ground. The Obama campaign had a huge operation in the state and relied on data mining to find likely Democratic voters.

House

Iowa, which lost a House seat in reapportionment, had competitive races in all four of its redrawn congressional districts. In the 4th District, in the northwest quadrant of the state, the Democrat, Christie Vilsack, wife of former governor Tom Vilsack, lost to five-term Republican incumbent, Steve King. King is a favorite of the tea party movement and has one of the most conservative voting records in Congress. In the 3rd District, in the southwest quadrant, two incumbents faced each other — Republican Tom Latham and Democrat Leonard L. Boswell. Latham won. In the 2d District, Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack beat his Republican challenger, John Archer. In the 1st, Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley beat Republican Ben Lange. Three of the candidates in the congressional races (Vilsack, Latham and Loebsack) moved their residence in order to get in (or stay in) the district they wanted.

More from PostPolitics:

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