Sen. Charles E. Grassley wins 2016 Iowa Senate race

Republican Charles E. Grassley has beaten Patty Judge, a Democrat, in the race for the Iowa Senate seat currently held by Grassley.

Republicans kept control of Senate majority, fending off what was thought to be a strong takeover bid by Democrats.

So far, 33 Senate races have been decided, with Republicans winning 21 and Democrats winning 12. Going into Tuesday, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, with 54 seats vs. 44 for the Democrats. Two Independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.

Grassley was first elected to the Senate in 1980. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he blocked Merrick Garland from being confirmed to the Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia.

Judge is the former Iowa lieutenant governor and the first statewide elected official Grassley has ever faced.

Iowa voted for Republican businessman Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election.

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From staff and wire reports, powered by Heliograf, The Post's artificial intelligence system.

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