DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Republican Chuck Grassley kept the U.S. Senate seat that he has held since 1981, defeating challenger Roxanne Conlin, a former U.S. Attorney.
Grassley won his seat easily, getting 64 percent of the vote and extending a political career that began in 1958. Grassley has historically won by large margins.
In his victory speech Grassley attacked the economic reform policies of the current administration saying you cannot spend your way out of a recession. He also says he will spend the next six years focused on fiscal responsibility.
"Under this president and under four years of a Democratic Congress we've been on a fast track to the edge of financial disaster. Now after this message from this election it will be a slow path back to fiscal sanity," said Grassley.
This will be the sixth term for Grassley in the U.S. Senate.
Conlin also lost the 1982 governor's race to Republican Terry Branstad.