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Rod Blum beats Pat Murphy to win U.S. House District 1

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Iowa's 1st District has gone red.

Ron Blum, a Dubuque businessman, has successfully taken Democrat Bruce Braley's district for the Republicans, further tipping the scales in the U.S. House of Representatives in the GOP's favor.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Blum had 51 percent of the vote to Pat Murphy's 49 percent, but more than 6,000 votes separated the two candidates.

Blum celebrated his win at a watch party at the Best Western in Dubuque.

Blum and State Sen. Pat Murphy, a Democrat also from Dubuque, struggled at first to gain momentum outside of the Mississippi River city. Both launched extensive campaigns to get their names out to the wider district.

Blum said during the KWWL debate that he wasn't looking to be a career politician and would support a bill creating term limits, but also said he wouldn't rule out running for office again.

"What I can say is that I will lead the charge to get term limits passed," he told KWWL's Jerry Gallagher. "I don't want to put the 1st District at a disadvantage. It takes a lot of time and effort to win a congressional race and I don't want to put the district at a disadvantage by voluntarily stepping aside if the rest of Congress doesn't have to do that."

Since Rod Blum is not a longtime politician, he doesn't have an official voting record to track, but his own words lay the groundwork for what voters can scrutinize if they elect him. "One of the first places we can cut is payments to the advantaged, not the disadvantaged," said Blum.

He also says he's willing to stand up to lobbyists. "I have political courage and I'm not afraid to lose an election. If they say, 'If you vote this way Congressman Blum, we're not going to write you a check,' I'm perfectly fine with that," said Blum.

Iowa's 1st District includes many northeast Iowa counties and a few north and central Iowa counties, including Black Hawk, Dubuque and Linn counties.

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