CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Experts predicted the race for Iowa's second congressional district would be more competitive the second time around.
And it was.
In the end Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack defeated GOP challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks 51%-46% in a rematch of 2008's race. Loebsack won the previous battle by more than 18 points.
''It was much more challenging for Democratic incumbents. We saw that in all three races that were decided tonight," Loebsack said.
While all three Iowa Democratic incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives prevailed Tuesday night, Loebsack will return to his office to find a new-look to the House, now controlled by Republicans.
''I know there are going to be challenges, but I've done what I've done over the last four years to develop those relationships because I need to be able to get along with people on both sides of the aisle and I have done that since I've been in office,'' Loebsack said.
For Loebsack it was a tougher battle than in 2008, but for the third time, he will represent Iowa's second district.
''There's a lot of frustration out there, there's no doubt. I'm going to be listening to them," he said.
Online Reporter: Jason Epner