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Iowa House District 18 race almost over

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WEST UNION (KWWL) -- Iowa House District 18 is just one canvass away from a winner.

The race is close between incumbent Democrat Andrew Wenthe and Republican challenger Roger Arthur.

District 18 is split between Fayette, Bremer and Blackhawk Counties, with Fayette holding the bulk of the district. Blackhawk County has only four precincts in District 18.

Fayette's canvass was Monday morning, where the Board of Supervisors confirmed the election results. Wenthe had a total of 3,297 votes, and Arthur received 2,783 votes.

Fayette County supervisor Vicki Rowland said, "both Roger and Andrew are Fayette County people, so, you know, we know and care about both of them. I worked with Roger on the Economic Development Board, and Andrew was a former student of mine, so, respect both of them, and this was a close race."

Bremer County's canvass was Monday afternoon. Wenthe received 1,679 votes to Arthur's 1,969.

Tuesday morning Blackhawk County has its canvass. Its unofficial results, however, have Wenthe receiving 523 votes and Arthur getting 711.

The official and unofficial results, combined, put Wenthe ahead of Arthur by only 36 votes in a race with nearly 11,000 votes cast. Unofficially, Wenthe has 5,499 votes and Arthur has 5,463 votes.

Results will become official after Blackhawk County's 9 a.m. Tuesday canvass.

If either candidate wants a recount in any or all counties, the Fayette County election supervisor said he has to file with that county's auditor by 5 p.m. on the third day after the canvass.

Neither candidate was available Monday to comment on whether he'd pursue that option.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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