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Huge upset shows Republicans to take control of Iowa Legislature

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Republicans will control the Iowa Legislature in January. A huge upset on election night, as long-time Iowa Senate Majority Leader, Michael Gronstal, lost his re-election bid to Republican challenger, Dan Dawson. Gronstal has served in the Iowa Senate since 1985 and has been the Senate Majority Leader since 2006. Gronstal also served in the Iowa House, before being elected to the Iowa Senate. The defeat is a stunning loss for Iowa Democrats, and helped Republicans take control of the Senate Wednesday night.

In Black Hawk County, all three Black Hawk County Democratic Supervisors won re-election Tuesday night. Board Chair, Linda Laylin, earned a second term. Tom Little won his 4th term. And, newcomer, Chris Schwartz, also won election to the Black Hawk County Board. The three victories keep Democrats in total control of all 5 seats on the Board. Tom Little was the top vote-getter with more than 30,000 votes.

Democratic Iowa State Senator, Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, won re-election, with an easy victory over his Republican Challenger, Bonnie Sadler. Danielson won by more than 5,500 votes, in winning another term.

Republican State Representative, Walt Rogers, won re-election, turning back the challenge of Democrat, Gary Kroeger. Rgers earned 10,076 votes, while Koreger got 7,200.

Democratic State Representative, Bob Kressig, won re-election with a victory over his challengers, Republican, Drew Speer and Independent, Nick Taiber. Kressig garnered 8,213 votes, compared to 4,575 for Speer and 2,200 for Taiber.

In Waterloo Iowa House District 62, Ras Smith won election to the seat held for many years by Waterloo Democrat, Deb Berry. Berry decided not to seek re-election. Smith got 7,067 votes, compared to 3,343 for Todd Obadal and 797 for John Patterson.

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