Rep. Bruce Braley wins re-election in U.S. District 1.
It was a rematch for Braley and challenger Ben Lange. Braley beat Lange in 2010 by just 4,209 votes -- a margin of less than 2%.
Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley spent election night at the U.A.W. Hall in Waterloo, waiting to see if he would serve a fourth term representing Iowa's District 1 in Congress. Unlike 2010, the votes were clearly in his favor early in the night.
"It's a very humbling experience. Because people put their hopes and trust in you and it's your responsibility to take that to Washington and get things done," he said.
Braley says, it wasn't an easy win.
"We knew we had worked incredibly hard to get out to all 20 counties and introduce me to almost 400,000 voters who've never had a chance to vote for me before. And that's an incredibly hard challenge for the first time in a new district," said Braley.
As the Congressman enters his fourth term in Washington, he's promising to stay rooted in Eastern Iowa.
"You never for get where you come from, you never forget the people who elected you. And you take time to stay connected with them," he added.
The territory covered in District 1 has changed since 2010. Linn County was added to the district and the Quad Cities was removed.
Lange has appeared at several events in Linn County and even hosted his election night party with the Linn County Republicans at the Longbranch Hotel.
The mood was somber at the there as Linn County Republicans watched as state after state went blue.
Many were so disappointed they left before the Iowa races were called.
Lange also felt the slump as early voting numbers leaned Democratic.
"For a candidate to have to make up and climb back out of the hole there that the early voting causes, it makes it tough," said Lange.
Lange said redistricting was likely why the voter tallies were so different from two years ago.
"I think redistricting shifted certainly some votes his way, especially in a large metro area like Linn County here," said Lange.
Lange thanked his volunteers and congratulated Braley.
He's still concerned about the issues that led him to run in the first place.
"What drove me to do this is the national debt, what it's going to do to the next generation," said Lange. "I've said it over and over again-my daughters' generation is going to be left on the hook for this."
Whether the issue will lead him to run again, hoping the third time will be the charm, is left to be seen.
For now Lange plans on spending time with his wife and daughters.
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